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Potholes on Tower Way, Canterbury, before they were filled in

Roads authority announces city pothole blitz

Kent County Council has revealed that dozens of potholes across Canterbury will be filled.

City roads took a battering over the late winter and early spring during freezing conditions.

Over the coming days the authority will be working on Wincheap roads including Cambridge Road, Zealand Road and Victoria Road.

Puckle Lane off Old Dover Road and Rushmead Close off Harkness Drive will also see work.

Outside Canterbury, the Sandwich Road at Sholden and Highstreet Road in Hernhill are also listed for repair.

Road closures will be in place during repair work.

Since March 1, the county council has filled in 44,958 as part of a multi-million pound commitment to repairing roads.

Just over 6,000 of those have been in the Canterbury district. It is the area which has received the most attention by road repair crews. Swale saw 5,400 repairs and Thanet nearly 2,400.

County council cabinet member for highways Mike Whiting said: “This year saw some freezing cold temperatures which has significantly contributed to the number of potholes on our roads.

“Water gets into the road surface and when it freezes it expands causing cracks and subsequently potholes.

“Once temperatures warmed up, KCC immediately began work to repair our network. We ensured the main routes in Kent were fixed first alongside emergency repairs and in April began a dedicated pothole blitz tackling our entire network.”

“We have teams working in each district whose job it is to respond to reports we receive about specific potholes as well as fill those they find on our road network whilst out.”

Potholes can be reported to the council via its dedicated webpage.

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