Bedford Borough Council is responsible
for the management, maintenance and improvement of the non-trunk
highway network in Bedford Borough. The Council has a legal
responsibility for the highway network in terms of keeping the
highway available and safe for passage for the travelling public.
It undertakes this duty in its role as the Highway Authority.
Bedford Borough Council uses an
inspection manual as a tool to identify and determine the
types of defects which are likely to create a danger or serious
inconvinience to users of the network or the wider community. The
inspection manual introduces the principle of defect risk
assessment, helps to identify the most
appropriate action in response to each defect found and
assists to prioritise the wider highway network
maintenance and management function. To view a copy of the
Inspection Manual, please click the link below:
Repairs normally fall into two
categories – the smaller repairs, defined as Category 1 or Category
2 defects according to their severity, which are carried out to
make the roads & pavements safe, and the larger repairs such as
relaying kerbs or resurfacing roads. These are usually planned many
months (or even years) in advance.
Traditional methods of surface attention are:-
Making good any safety defects identified by Inspectors by
“patching” to replace failed surfaces.
Resurfacing by replacing the top layer.
Reconstruction by digging down to base level, relaying the base
level and resurfacing.
Surface dressing by hot bitumen and loose stones (used in rural
area only as a rule).
Potholes in the carriageway are
normally caused by a combination of:
i) A weak point in the road
ii) Stress, primarily caused by
iii) Water penetration into the road
sub structure accompanied by a freeze thaw cycle.
To report a
pothole, please click here to complete the Online Form or
contact our Highways Helpdesk as detailed below:
Phone: 01234 718003
Bedford Borough Council