FOI Request - Proportion of Roads Requiring Repairs

Request 101001325146

1.    How many miles of local authority maintained roads currently require maintenance work to be conducted because of potholes.

2.    How many miles of road does the local authority maintain in total?

3.    What proportion of the roads in your local authority area currently need maintenance work due to potholes? Please give your answer as a percentage of the total.

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

Response 25-10-2016

  1. In accordance with section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 we can advise that this information is not held.  We currently have 349 works instructions issued for the repair of carriageway defects.  Each instruction may include the repair of several carriageway defects, but only some of these will be potholes.  It is not possible to equate this data to a length of road.
  2. Our List of Public Roads length is currently 1555.765 km. 
  3. In accordance with section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 we can advise that this information is not held.  (see response to Q1).  Ignoring the pothole aspect, our Reserve List of Works (available online here) identifies 383.683 km of road that requires resurfacing, which is 24.6% of our total length.
  4. This obviously varies year on year, depending on the length of road that is being resurfaced that year.  This year’s Capital Works Programme (also available via the above link) includes 12.729 km of work in the ‘Resurfacing’ category, of which only 8.376 km is proper resurfacing – this equates to resurfacing a road every 185 years.

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