FOI Request - Potholes

Request 101000169511

(1) How much has been spent by your council area on resurfacing and fixing pot-holed roads in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013;

(2) This year 2013/2014, has your council cut its budget for maintaining roads to 'emergency-only' levels? (Yes or no question);

(3) 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 in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013;

(4) How much has your council paid out to drivers in compensation due to the poor state of the roads in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013;

(5) The road name which is the worst for pothole damage i.e. it is damaged more cars than any other road in the area (please let us know the road name along with how many cars it has damaged and over what time period, if possible);

(6) Would you say your council area temporarily fixes potholes rather than relay road surfaces yes or no question (yes we temporarily fix / or no we relay);

(7) How often the average road is fully re-surfaced (in years);

(8) How many potholes each council has (on average) at any one time and could your council estimate the average size (width/length/depth) of a pothole in feet (we appreciate this may be difficult)

Response 26-07-2013

(1) The figures below show the amount spent on resurfacing schemes and patching works in each of the requested years.  Roads can require resurfacing or patching for various reasons, not necessarily “potholes”.  We are unable to break these total figures down to just “pot-holed” roads.

2011-12 Resurfacing = £ 1,957,105

2011-12 Patching = £ 807,011

2012-13 Resurfacing =£ 3,012,785

2013-14 Patching = £ 718,140

(2) No.

(3) 2011-12 = 21

2012-13 = 41 

(4) 2011-12 = £ 501.19

2012-13 = £ 0

(5) The road with the highest number of insurance claims in 2011-12 and 2012-13 was the A941 with 9 claims over the 2 year period.  This is not surprising as it is also the longest single road within the Moray Council area.

(6) Neither.  The roads in the worst condition are resurfaced.  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.

(7) This will vary year on year, depending upon the length of road resurfaced that year.  The figures for the 2 years mentioned above are as follows :-

In 2011/12 we resurfaced 15.335 km, which means roads will be resurfaced every 100 years.

In 2012/13 we resurfaced 26.215 km, which means roads will be resurfaced every 59 years.

(8) On average, we issue around 2800 instructions to repair carriageway defects each year.  Only some of these instructions are for the repair of potholes.  Furthermore, those that are for pothole repairs may cover the repair of any number of potholes.  This information requested is therefore not available.

Likewise, the information required to calculate the average size of a pothole is not held, so is also unavailable.

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