Local folk urged to report potholes: ‘We can’t fix what we don’t know about’

The cold snap has been playing “havoc” with Tayside roads, with huge potholes appearing.

Council staff have been working hard to repair the battered roads following complaints.

A huge crater at the top of Victoria Street in Monifieth was among the potholes causing problems for motorists.

Monifieth and Sidlaw Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Lawrie launched a “pothole patrol” last year and is taking to the streets again this year.

He said: “Cold conditions have been playing havoc. Water gets into cracks in the road and when it freezes, it expands, rupturing the surface and leaving a void below the surface when it melts again.

“The constant freezing and thawing makes it a prime time for nasty potholes to form. When we’re all active in reporting potholes, we all get to enjoy safer roads.”

The RAC said it attended 3,565 reported call-outs during the second quarter of 2017, reaching motorists with cars suffering broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers and distorted wheels after driving through potholes.

That compares with 2,275 pothole-related calls for help in the same period in 2016.

Mr Lawrie added: “We can’t fix what we don’t know about.

“That’s why it’s so important for people to let us know about potholes when they see them.”