Lincolnshire County Council’s vow to mend potholes before next winter

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HIGHWAYS officers are vowing to repair potholes and improve key routes before next winter.

Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways Alliance has released a list of 42 roads which will be getting significant repairs to help withstand future freezing conditions.

Ryhall Road in Stamford, the A151 at Corby Glen and the A52 at Horbling have been included on the list.

The council received £6.2m from the Government to spend on road repairs following last winter’s damage. The council is spending half of this money to put selected routes in a stronger position ahead of next winter.

Assistant director of highways and transportation Paul Coathup said: “Whilst potholes are a reality of life that we can never fully prevent, our teams have been working flat out to combat them during this warmer period.

“Members protected road maintenance funds in the budget and extra money from the Government has also been put to good use.

“As well as filling potholes, we’ll also be using £3.1m to reduce the chances of them reappearing by repairing and strengthening some of our busy and key routes ahead of next winter.

“This will mean that they are stronger and in a better position to cope with the freeze-thaw process which results in potholes so any subsequent damage should be less significant.”

The council has identified 42 stretches of road for repairs. Selection is based on a combination of factors such as the condition and safety defect inspectors, number of faults reported and consideration of previous repairs.

Some of the work has already started and been completed. The remainder is being incorporated by the highways divisions into programmes of work between now and the start of the winter.

Ryhall Road in Stamford and the A52 at Horbling will be patched and re-surfacing while Corby Glen will be re-surfaced from the west of the bridge.