FOI Request - Potholes

Request 101000371010

1.         How much (£) have you spent on resurfacing and fixing potholed roads over the past five years? Please can you provide a figure for each tax year: 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

2.         How many miles of road in your area currently need maintenance work because of uneven surfaces or potholes?

3.         How many pothole maintenance projects are currently outstanding in your region?

4.         How many claims for compensation were lodged by drivers as a result of damage to their car due to the poor state of the roads in your council area, over the past three years? Please can you provide a figure for each tax year: 2012/13, 2013/14, and 2014/15.

5.         How much (£) have you paid out to drivers in compensation due to the poor state of the roads? Please can you provide a figure for each tax year: 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

6.         What is the name of the road responsible for the worst for pothole damage, i.e. it has damaged more cars than any other road in the area? Please can you provide the road name and the number of car damage claims (broken down by road) that have been made in each of the past three years: (i.e. 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15).

7.         How often is the average road in your area fully re-surfaced? Please can you provide a figure in years.

8.         How large is the average pothole in your council area? Please provide the diameter (metres).

9.         Approximately what proportion of the roads in your area now need maintenance work because of uneven surfaces or potholes? Please give your answer as a %.

10.       Would you say your council area temporarily fixes potholes rather than relays road surfaces? Please answer ‘Yes, we temporarily fix potholes’, or ‘No, we relay the roads’.

Response 08-09-2015

1. The information you requested can be found here.

2. This information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; information not held. Our latest SRMCS RCI (Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey, Road Condition Indicator) is 26.3 % which means that 26.3 % of our network (or 408 Km) should be considered for maintenance treatment.  The SRMCS survey measures longitudinal profile variance, rut depth, texture depth and the percentage of cracking so the results are not just roads with “uneven surfaces or potholes”.

3. This information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; information not held.  We have a team of Inspectors carrying out routine safety inspections on our roads every day.  Works instructions are raised during those inspections for all safety defects found, including potholes.  A works instruction may include any number of carriageway defects, and will include the repair of defects which are not potholes.  There are currently 313 ‘patching’ works instructions that have been issued but not completed yet.

4.

2012-13 – 25 
2013-14 – 7.
2014-15 – 27 

5.

2012-13 - nil
2013-14 - nil
2014-15 - nil

6.  The A95 and A941 both had 6 insurance claims each in the last 3 years.

7. This will vary year on year, depending upon the length of road resurfaced that year.  The figures for the 3 years mentioned above are as follows :-
• In 2012-13 we resurfaced 26.215 km, which equates to resurfacing roads every 59 years.
• In 2013-14 we resurfaced 23.768 km, which equates to resurfacing roads every 65 years.
• In 2014-15 we resurfaced just 2.434 km, which equates to resurfacing roads every 638 years.

8. This information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; information not held.

9. See response to Q2 above.

10. Neither.  The roads in the worst condition are usually resurfaced, though the budget for this type of work has reduced significantly in recent years.  The majority of our patching works (including pothole repairs) are permanent repairs, though it is sometimes necessary to carry out a temporary repair which is then followed up by a permanent repair at a later date.


 

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