Irish county invests in machine that fixes potholes in eight minutes

Proud of their new machine are, from left, Mark Johnston, Senior Engineer at Louth County Council (LCC); LCC chair Cllr Conor Keelan; Denis O’Kelly, ECI-JCB; Conor Sloan, LCC; Kevin Buckley, LCC; Darius Messayeh, Acting Senior Executive Engineer, LCC; Phil Turner, JCB; Frank Meade, LCC, and Martin McCreesh, LCC
Ireland’s Louth County Council has invested in the country’s first “Pothole Pro” machine, made by JCB, in a bid to fix potholes permanently on its roads.

In a press release JCB said tests with local authorities showed the machine completes a permanent pothole repair in under eight minutes, equivalent to up to 250 sq m a day, or 700 potholes a month.

The company said a local authority in England, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, completed nearly three years worth of repairs in just over four months this year after it invested in the machine.

Mark Johnston, Senior Engineer at Louth County Council, said: “Potholes, which often form quickly and randomly especially in wet weather, overwhelm scarce council resources, disrupt motorists and can cause extensive damage to vehicles.”

He added that the technology “will be vital in enabling us to meet the Council’s strategy of prompt pothole mending with no requirement for further, future repair.”

The council will start repairs across the county this month.

The Pothole Pro has been part-funded by the Department of Transport.

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