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Stoke City Council - Winning Potholes Battle with Multihog

The Swiss Army Knife style digger can carry out a variety of tasks efficiently and to a high quality - including excavating, filling, planing and sweeping damaged road surfaces in preparation for new tarmac to be laid by repairs team.

The machine has been trialled by the city council which will assess the effectiveness of the pilot before deciding on whether to make it a permanent fixture. It comes as the authority is starting a busy summer of proactive resurfacing and rehabilitating work in order to prevent defects appearing later in the year.

Lyndsey Pajor, Highway Asset and Group Coordination Manager, said:
"The Multihog eliminates any manual excavation, provides a more uniform depth to the excavation and can do the job a lot faster, which means less disruption is caused to residents and motorists. It also allows a larger area to be completed to a higher standard and reduces the likelihood for further visits in the future. During the trial we have treated as many areas with multiple potholes, which would usually be an issue with traffic management and disruption to the road network. We are now reviewing the results and, if appropriate, will make this a more permanent approach to maintenance of roads in the city."

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The council estimates that during the current financial year it is set to carry out £4.1 million worth of rehabilitative and reconstruction work on around 16 miles of footpaths and 30 miles of carriageway. Resurfacing involves the planing away of the existing surface and re-laying a new one. Rehabilitation work is carried out on roads that are showing minor deterioration to extend their useful life.

Lyndsey added: "Managing the network in this way allows the council to improve the overall condition of the roads by carrying out preventative treatments that enhance its longevity and achieve value for money."

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4th August 2017, 16:33
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