Multihog helps repair Kirklees potholes
We are one step closer to deciding which method of pothole repair is most effective – thanks to the help of a Multihog.
See the Multihog in action
Last year, we trialled various methods for improving the repairs of potholes in Kirklees roads. The trial aimed to identify which method would repair potholes to the highest standard and was most long lasting.
Then the Multihog came along…
We identified that of all the options trialled the Multihog – a small planning machine was best. It performed well during the testing last year, helping the council to repair more potholes, more quickly, to a higher, longer lasting standard.
The Multihog is able to remove the damaged road surface from around the pothole, as well as the actual hole that has formed. This means that the council is less likely to have to revisit the same area twice to fix potholes that have formed later in the surrounding road surface.
The Multihog will now face a further four months of extensive testing across Kirklees, so that the council can further evaluate its performance on pothole repairs and other road repairs.
This extended evaluation will then inform the decision about the methods the council will use for repairing their roads in the future.
Next steps for our potholes
This machine will be out and about working area by area across Kirklees, but the council will also continue to use the nationally approved hand repair process during this period.
This is to help them to make sure that the pothole repair backlog can be effectively managed particularly with the winter weather which damages the roads not far away.
We’ve changed the way we will handle pothole requests
The council has also changed the way that they manage the pothole repair service in response to resident feedback. When a pothole is reported, instead of fixing that one then moving onto the next reported pothole, the council will now work in geographical areas repairing all the potholes they find on the streets in that area before moving on to the next area.
What do our councillors think?
Cllr Musarrat Khan Cabinet Member responsible for Highways said:
“The trial last year allowed us to test a range of equipment and methods for dealing with one of the biggest problems facing our roads. Whilst we still have a backlog of repairs I am confident that this work will have a positive impact on the condition of Kirklees’ roads. I look forward to the results of the next stage of the trial and would like to thank all the staff who have undertaken training on the new equipment and shown commitment to using new ways of working.”