New teams to identify potholes in need of permanent repair on roads in Lincolnshire
Drought-damaged roads will be dug up, remixed and then re-laid as part of a £6.4 million investment in road repairs.
Four new crack teams are about to start drawing up a 'hit list' of the pothole-ridden roads they will fix first after highways bosses secured a major cash windfall.
The new 'hotbox' teams are expected to repair damage along commuter routes such as the A46, A15, A158 and A17.
It comes after Lincolnshire County Council decided to use a £6.4 million repair grant to fix pot holes.
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The teams will use specialist lorries to pour molten asphalt into craters.
This is then mechanically compacted, creating a solid, permanent bond as it cools.
The spending will also include £1 million to churn up drought damaged surfaces and roll out the recycled material to make a new surface, a further £1 million for larger strips or patches and the same amount to fix wear and tear at junctions.
Motorist Karen Jones, 44, from Ruskington, who co-owns A & K Autos with husband Andrew, said the garage is getting five-to-ten customers a week with pothole-related damage to cars.
"Potholes are an absolute pain in the neck," she said.
"We put our son's car through an MoT and repaired part of the steering system, then he went over a pothole and completely wrecked it.
"In the village there's two huge potholes in Westcliffe Road and one in Lincoln Road that you have to veer right out to avoid.
"If repairs will last a bit longer then so be it.
"Maybe they have to look at the worst ones but everywhere is bad and the money is not going to go very far.
"They need to put more money into this but at the end of the day our taxes will go up – we cannot win."
Police investigating the death of Kirton Lindsey cyclist Christian Brown, 40 – airlifted to hospital from North Willingham on February 12 – initially said a pothole could have caused the crash.
Trevor Halstead, who runs Church Street Cycles, in Gainsborough, welcomed better pothole repairs.
"Potholes are a nightmare," he said.
"I'm optimistic that this new way of fixing them could see longer lasting results.
"Hit a pothole on a bike and it's dangerous enough to blow a tyre, bend a wheel or fetch you off.
"As the safety officer for my area cyclists' touring club people do report potholes to me which I pass on to the council.
"The roads are important and they need work whether they are A, B or C roads."
Paul Coathup, assistant director for highways and transportation, said matching the right repair to a specific fault is key.
He said: "It would take £300 million to take all of Lincolnshire's roads up to standard.
"This extra money won't be the answer to all the problems – it won't fix every pothole – but it is welcome and my job is to spend it as wisely as possible."
The overall annual repair budget for the county's 5,500 miles of roads is £50 million and there are currently 10 reactive teams.
Existing cold asphalt temporary fills to make roads safe will continue.
Councillor William Webb, executive member for highways and transportation, said: "We can now do a fix first time which we would always have liked to do if we had the finance."
To report a pothole, call the Highways Customer Service Centre on 01522 782070 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk