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Latest pothole repair method trialled in CMK

A time-saving technique using the latest infrared technology is being used to repair potholes on roads in CMK today (11 March).

First developed by a local company in Bletchley, it works by heating up the existing asphalt around the pothole using an infrared unit. This makes the material soft enough to mix smoothly with new asphalt to fill the hole. It is then compressed using a wacker machine and as it cools, it blends into the existing surface.

This method is more efficient as it uses less material to fix the pothole, helps to create a more seamless patch on the surface, preventing surface water from seeping in, and after as little as 30 minutes it can be ready for traffic to drive over.

To maintain the original look and feel of the city centre, white chippings will be added into the road repair material, recycled from other roadworks. These are special chippings only used in CMK road surfaces.

The pothole repairs are part of a wider CMK makeover taking place throughout March coordinating landscaping, parking bay line repainting and fixing damaged underpass lights.

Councillor Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Public Realm said, “We’ve made an extra £50k available on top of the £100k already set aside for tackling potholes.”

“We’re always looking at how we can do as much as possible within our limited budget. This infrared technique will not only help to save on materials, which is good for the environment, but it also means we can fill more potholes too.”

The pothole repairs will continue throughout March on sections of roads around the city centre area.


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