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DUMFRIES and Galloway Council's maintenance arm DGFirst is currently trialling the innovative Multihog MH90 vehicle with a front mounted patch planer to help tackle the networks roads.
The Council opted to take advantage of the company's trial hire initiative, which is currently in place to provide local authorities the opportunity to reap the benefits the machine offers without a long term committment.
The machine which has provided huge cost savings and achieved massive productivity rates to other local authorities when carrying out permanent pothole repairs, also has the ability to tackle winter, horticultural, forestry, drainage and street cleansing maintenance.
The local authority admitted that recent extreme weather — including high winds, prolonged periods of heavy rain and snow — has hampered the region's pothole repairs programme and caused 'significant' further damage to road surfaces.
And DGFirst, which maintains 4151km of roads — the third longest network in Scotland, is now testing a Multihog with patch planer.
Roads services senior manager Charles Clemie says the condition of the roads is highly dependent on prevailing weather conditions, and following the thaw his teams are now dealing with potholes across the region on a priority basis.
Councillor Archie Dryburgh, who is chairman of DGFirst Management Committee, added: "Over the last year or so we've made significant improvements in the quality and quantity of our pothole repairs.
"We've recently underwent a period of adverse weather which caused further damage to our road surfaces but our crews are now back on our roads continuing with our repairs programme."
Courtesy of DnG24 and adapted from Pothole Patcher Trial article
To enquire about our limited trial hire opportunities do not hesitate to call on 01254 703212
20th February 2015, 13:30