FOI reference: FOI/18/00540
Date received: 15 February 2018
Date responded: 19 March 2018
How many of the 44 Category 1 defects (between Drumnadrochit and Inverness) were repaired within the time specified within the BEAR Scotland contract, and the same for the further ten identified following the next inspection which I assume took place on either the 14th or 15th of February.
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In response to your request, from 10 January to 14 February 2018, a total of 44 Category 1 pothole defects were recorded in our asset management system, by BEAR Scotland for the A82 between Drumnadrochit and Inverness. 40 of these defects were repaired within the required time frame as per the 4th Generation Term Contract for Management and Maintenance of the Scottish Trunk Road Network North West Unit. For your information, a link to the contract is available here:
In relation to the 44 defects, from 10 January to 6 February there were 29 category 1 pothole defects recorded. On the inspection of 7 February a further 10 were recorded. On 14 February inspection 5 pothole defects were recorded. Please see attached Annex A with the inspection records.
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