Highways unveil new weapon to fix our roads


Jetpatcher2East Sussex have revealed their new weapon as they prepare for winter weather.

The high-tech Jetpatcher allows potholes to be repaired more quickly and at a fraction of the cost, cleaning them out with a blast of high-pressure air and filling them with a mixture of stone and bitumen.

East Sussex Highways has taken delivery of three of the machines, which allow highways crews to fix an extra 270 potholes a day.

The Jetpatcher was unveiled as the authority highlighted what it is doing to prepare for cold weather, and urged motorists to be ready for winter.

The council has 12,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled and 24 gritters, including 18 new machines named by county schoolchildren, ready to roll into action 24 hours-a-day in the event of cold weather.

Roger Williams, the County Council’s Head of Highways, said:

It’s vital we’re prepared both for any cold snap and the toll bad weather can take on our roads network, and the Jetpatcher is a valuable new weapon in our armoury.

It can allow us to carry out more repairs, more quickly and efficiently, and to carry out permanent repairs on smaller potholes before they develop into bigger ones.

Our gritter teams are on permanent standby ready to be deployed when the Met Office forecasts indicate cold weather is on the way, but people can play their part by making sure they’re prepared.

Jetpatcher3Fix My Street

[From 3rd May 2016 Fix My Street will be replaced by www.eastsussexhighways.com]

The Council is encouraging residents to report potholes, and other problems such as broken paving slabs or faulty street lighting using their new website.

Fix My Street allows people to pinpoint the location online and check on an interactive map if the problem has already been reported – easing the process of reporting and avoiding duplication.  You can also sign-up to receive reports of faults reported near where you live: 5km Crowborough.

Winter Motoring Kit

Motorists are also being asked to ensure they’re ready for winter, by checking they have essential equipment such as de-icer, blankets, an ice scraper and shovel in their car.

Roger Williams, the County Council’s Head of Highways, said:

By following simple steps such as keeping essential winter items in their car and ensuring their phone is charged, people can make sure they’re not caught out if extreme weather strikes.




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