Patcher to Work on Shetland Roads

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday May 16 2018

Single track roads in Shetland will be targeted for road repairs using a specialist vehicle over the next couple of weeks.

The Council’s Roads Service has hired a Roadmaster ‘Patcher’ vehicle which will be used throughout Shetland to carry out mobile repairs to potholes and other road surface defects.  

The vehicle carries a supply of chips and bitumen and can quickly repair small potholes using a robotic arm, without the need for road closures.

Drivers are warned to expect some short delays on single track roads when the vehicle completes a repair before it moves on to the nearest passing place.  

The summer programme of surface dressing will also soon begin on parts of the roads network, to improve the skid resistance and seal surface cracks. 

In response to the recent cold winter weather, the Council will this year be using smaller chips in certain areas and trialling polymer modified bitumen, which has higher adhesion and is more flexible at lower temperatures. 

Where surface dressing is taking place, vehicle drivers are asked to reduce their speeds and to keep a safe distance from vehicles ahead.

Commenting Neil Hutcheson, Team Leader - Asset and Network, said: 

“We’ll be using the ‘patcher’ vehicle this year for the first time and it’s a cost-effective solution for some of our roads. 

“We’ll also be carrying out trials to improve the surface dressing method, which although we have used it successfully for many years, has suffered from slightly higher than normal chipping loss over this cold winter. 

“This essential work is best suited to the summer months and we’d like to apologise in advance to any road users who experience any delays.”



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