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A WET February has caused delays in the Department of Infrastructure’s work to repair roads damaged during winter’s big freeze.

Deputy civil engineering section manager Alan Hardinge said: ‘The wet weather that followed the cold snap has undoubtedly played its part in the further deterioration of certain roads, by washing out the already loose/weakened material.’

In January, Mr Hardinge said work would take a couple of months to complete – and in the battle against the plague of potholes, more than 1,150 were fixed in 12 days

But when asked whether repair crews had been forced to go back to roads to carry out further repairs, he said: ‘Yes, unfortunately in some locations it does mean that temporary repairs have to be undertaken, even if weather conditions are unsuitable, which means that some areas will fail or need a follow-up permanent repair undertaken.’

He said the DoI was working to fill ‘make safe’ potholes as quickly as possible and an extra Jetpatcher had been on hire for two months.

He said work was ‘progressing well’ by 11 teams, made up of four two-man crews – parish wardens – temporary filling pot holes; a reactive crew carrying-out minor reinstatements; two dedicated patching teams repairing lager areas; and two Jetpatcher machines and two construction crews undertaking full depth (up to 500mm) rebuilding the road from foundation level up.

Temporary repairs will continue over the next few months, with a substantial amount of repair work needing to be added to the DoI’s planned maintenance programme.

He thanked motorists for their continued patience.

Report potholes by emailing potholes@gov.im

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