Oxfordshire’s roads will soon resound to the sound of a dragon’s roar when the team responsible for fixing the county’s highways take delivery of a new pothole fixing machine.
After the successful introduction of the first machine in 2015, the county council’s highways contractor, Skanska, will soon put a new dragon to work on the county’s rural routes blazing a trail in the fight against holes in the roads.
The original machine was shared with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, but the new machine will be dedicated to Oxfordshire.
Breathing fire, stone and asphalt!
It is nicknamed the ‘Dragon’ because it breathes fire to de-ice and dry out the road surface enabling to work all year round. The area is then cleaned with compressed air and sealed with a stone mix and hot bitumen emulsion. With the pothole gone in just two minutes, the patcher can move onto the next repair!