Working to mend our tatty roads

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COUNTY council officials were in Stamford this week tackling a backlog of potholes.

Lincolnshire County Council workers were in Sutherland Way in Stamford resurfacing the road, which was highlighted in the Mercury last week as being one of the areas badly damaged by potholes.

The county council has a budget of £46.5m for all its road maintenance for 2011/12 but the recent bad spell of weather has worsened an estimated £300m backlog of repairs.

Senior highways officer Adam Freear said: “The weather and time have taken their toll on a few roads in the Stamford area and each are in the process of being planned in for repairs.

“In the case of Sutherland Way, the need for the road to be resurfaced was identified a few weeks ago and we’re pleased to be making these improvements now, to protect the safety of all road users.

“This road, along with Radcliffe Road, St Marys Street, Queen’s Walk, Kesteven Road and Perth Road, developed potholes which were actually symptoms of the need for the whole stretch to be re-laid.”

Mr Freear said the work would start as soon as possible and residents would be notified of start dates.

He added: “We ask residents and drivers facing other potholes to bear with us and we’ll reach these as quickly as we can.”

So far this year the council has received double the number of reports of potholes as last year and a council spokesman urged people to report any road damage to the county council so the problem could be dealt with.

Readers have contacted the Mercury this week to notify us of potholes in South Fen Road and Beech Avenue, Bourne, North Street and Cliff Road in Stamford, the road between Barholm and Uffington and the A16 crossroads in West Deeping.

There is a round the clock team dedicated to patching up potholes in the south of the county, as well as the usual road crews who also carry out road maintenance and gritting.

When a pothole is identified, it is either patched up if it is classified as an emergency, which is at least 40mm in depth and 500mm across, or investigated as it could be symptomatic of an underlying problem with the road.

This was the case with Sutherland Way in Stamford.

County council’s executive member for highways and transport William Webb (Con) said: “We’re glad to be making repairs to several roads in the Stamford area but we know there are other potholes out there and that is the real challenge.

“We are doing our damnedest to get on top of it but we need everyone to please bear with us.”

To report road damage to the county council call 01522 782070 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk.