CORK County Council has taken delivery of three more velocity patchers, custom built trucks for road repair, bringing its fleet to twelve vehicles servicing the county road network.
These machines are designed to specialise in filling potholes and repairing damage to the road surface and are recognised both nationally and internationally as the best method of repairing damage to a road surface.
Chief executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said: ‘Despite the significant challenges in maintaining the road network across the county due to the overall reduction in funding, this investment will add further to our capacity to make the best use of resources and provide a high quality effective service in road maintenance operations.’
The driver of the machine controls an automated arm at the front of the truck which can empty the pothole of water, coat the pothole in bitumen and fill the pothole with a mixer of bitumen and chips.
The driver also controls a special roller fitted to the truck for compacting the fill material as well as an automated brush to remove excess chipping when the repair has been completed.
Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Alan Coleman, said the new machines will greatly aid Cork County Council in maintaining its road network of over 12,000km.