KIRKLEES has admitted defeat in its battle to patch up potholes.
The council yesterday announced that dozens of roads around Huddersfield will have to be resurfaced rather than patched-up.
Kirklees Council has spent £4.1m filling in 7,000 potholes since the end of the cold snap – the worst winter for 30 years.
In February alone, council officers were inundated with 4,394 requests from members of the public.
The Arctic weather in the weeks around Christmas created potholes on hundreds of roads across Kirklees. Water in the cracks of the road surface froze and expanded, making the cracks bigger.
A council spokesman said yesterday that the pothole problem was so bad that Kirklees would have to switch from repairing to resurfacing.
He said: “A number of roads are too severely damaged for this treatment and will require more extensive repairs.”
Kirklees originally earmarked £600,000 to tackle the problems.
But the authority quickly decided to set aside another £3.5m to resurface roads.
The council’s Cabinet will decide on March 30 which routes will be resurfaced.
Cabinet member for highways Clr David Sheard said: “Now winter is over, we need to deal as quickly as possible with the problems it has caused in order to improve the situation for the travelling public.
“We need to have another look at the repair programme and give adequate priority to routes most in need of urgent repair.”
Kirklees is dealing with a backlog of 3,000 potholes on more than 400 roads. There are currently 10 teams working to repair roads across the district.
However, readers have contacted the Examiner in the last two months to complain about serious problems on the 1,200 miles of road in Kirklees.
A snapshot survey revealed many were in an appalling state. Smithy Lane in Moldgreen runs for only 120 metres but has more than 120 potholes littering its surface.
Other pothole hotspots include King’s Mill Lane in Newsome, Manchester Road in Linthwaite and Bradley Road in Bradley.
Local authorities, employers and homeowners are counting the cost of Britain’s “big freeze” in the form of repairs to potholes and cracked pipes.
Kirklees is not alone in waging war on the potholes.
Across the UK, councils faces bills of millions of pounds to try and repair the ravages of winter, while drivers face huge repair bills for repairs to their cars.
Institution of Civil Engineers vice-president Geoff French said the thaw had brought little respite, with drivers having to cope with increasing numbers of potholes.
The continuous cycle of freezing and thawing – particularly on roads where long-term maintenance had been neglected – had broken up road surfaces, he said.
To report a pothole to Kirklees call 0800 731 8765 or visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/answers/road_ maintenance/potholes.shtml