More than 6,000 potholes filled in during lockdown – lower traffic volumes allow council crew to crack on with repairs

Lockdown has seen more than 6,000 potholes filled in across East Sussex.

The County Council (ESCC) says highways crews have been ‘pulling out all the stops to keep the county’s roads in tip-top condition’.

“Taking advantage of lower than normal traffic levels, East Sussex Highways workers have worked flat out to fill more than 6,000 potholes since lockdown was declared on March 23rd,” a council spokesman said this week.

Other works carried out include major pavement resurfacing programmes that have been completed or are nearing completion in Hastings and Bexhill.

Crews have repaired 185 pavements, repaired or replaced 113 signs and 73 items of street furniture, cleared 581 drains and repaired 1,073 street lighting faults the council says.

Workers have been helped to maintain social distancing and additional personal protective equipment has been provided. For one scheme a dedicated social distancing marshal was put in place.

Councillor Claire Dowling, ESCC’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “Our highways crews have been out and about across the county doing a fantastic job during the lockdown.

“The fact there’s been less traffic on the roads than normal has given us the opportunity to complete some work we may not otherwise have been able to, while our normal roads maintenance service has been able to carry on running as normal.

“By putting in place sensible precautions, we’ve been able to ensure our crews can stay safe while working hard to keep the roads of East Sussex safe and in the best possible condition.”

Details of forthcoming roadworks can be seen on the East Sussex Highways website at www.eastsussexhigways.com

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