They drive motorists to distraction.
But now both Kirklees and Calderdale Councils are going high-tech in a bid to beat the menace of potholes.
Kirklees highways staff are testing out two new machines which could speed up the repairs of the holes in our roads, and Calderdale staff are also using the new equipment to “blast” the roads.
A Kirklees spokesman said: “We are testing a number of options to repair potholes across the district.”
One technique, called jet patching, can permanently repair a pothole in about two minutes – a fraction of the time it takes a conventional repair gang to do the job. High-velocity air is used to remove all dust and debris from the defect. A cold bitumen emulsion is then forced into every crack and crevice, sealing the defect and protecting it by preventing the ingress of water.
See how the jetpatcher works
An aggregate mix is then fired at high velocity through the delivery hose, evenly coating the granules with bitumen emulsion.
Due to the speed of the process, road closures are not required in most instances, dramatically reducing disruption and related costs.
The council are also testing a MultiHog Patch Planer, which planes off the road surface to enable a squared off hole to be filled by a following gang.
It is quicker than having to saw cut and break out the defective road by hand. It can quickly move from location to location and operate in restricted areas which also minimises the traffic management required.
There are more than 40,000 potholes reported every year to Kirklees Council.
Meanwhile, a landmark has been reached in a Calderdale Council blitz to rid the streets of potholes.
More than 2,000 potholes have been filled since the council started the road repairs scheme last month.
In April it pledged to take more action after the Department for Transport announced a £200,000 fund to tackle potholes in the borough, which had increased in number after the winter’s heavy rain and floods.
See how the multihog works
Extra teams from Jagger Construction Services Ltd and R. Holroyd & Sons Ltd have been out working on all the main A and B roads throughout Calderdale, filling potholes, surface patching and sealing road joints.
And workmen there are also using the jet-patching machine.
Clr Barry Collins, council cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can be assured that we’re doing everything we can to tackle potholes across Calderdale. We’re absolutely committed to making our roads as safe and long-lasting as possible.”
The council has already allocated over £3 million to repairing worn out roads.