Opinion: Long road to a smooth city

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For some people across Sheffield it is National Pothole Day every day.

However, it would be unfair to say the city’s roads are in a worse conditio than they were in August 2012 when council contractors Amey began their work to patch up the potholes.

As we highlight today there is still a significant amount of work to be done.

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Keeping the roads smooth and pothole-free is akin to the old adage of painting the Forth Bridge.

But while the scaffolding was removed from the famous landmark north of the border in 2011 after new technology created a paint which will last for 25 years the task to Tarmac Sheffield’s roads will go on.

Sheffield Council said more than 87,000 potholes had been repaired since August 2012 – but did not confirm how many were still to be dealt with.

The best roads in Sheffield at the moment are those which the Tour de France used last summer.

Good roads are possible – provided the investment is in place – and Amey is working to make sure Sheffield’s highways are fit for purpose.

The scheme was never going to be an overnight success. Patience isn’t a modern concept but in huge infrastructure projects such as these it may be a virtue.