Complaints about potholes double in the last two months of 2010
POTHOLES in 21 streets in the Lincoln area have been filled this week alone.
Lincolnshire County Council has received twice as many complaints about potholes in November and December as in the same two months the previous year.
May Guerney engineers working for the county council are also responsible for road gritting.
And this role has tended to take priority as temperatures have continued to fall.
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But craters are being repaired and in the past week teams have been deployed to 21 roads including Tritton Road, West Parade, Boultham Park Road and Birchwood Avenue in Lincoln.
As reported in the Echo, the cost of repairing the county's pothole backlog stands at £300 million.
Advanced motorist Gary Hill, 69, said the county council had a tough challenge on its hands.
Mr Hill, of Chippendale Road, Birchwood, Lincoln, said: "I was driving down the A46 in the direction of the police headquarters the other day and there were two huge potholes in the road.
"Luckily, I had observed them, but I think I'd have been in trouble had I gone over them at 50mph.
"The county council really has a job on its hands after the winter we've had.
"I've also seen some previous repairs have been damaged.
"Observation is key for motorists when it comes to potholes, as is driving to conditions and adjusting speed accordingly."
In November and December last year, a total of 289 calls were made about potholes to the council's customer service centre.
This compares to 553 in the last two months of 2010 – an increase of 52 per cent.
However, these figures include duplicate contacts about the same faults and don't include calls or e-mails from people who reported problems, but didn't go through the customer service centre.
Paul Coathup, assistant director for highways and transport at the county council, said the increased number of calls about potholes was an indication of the severity of this winter.
"The fact the number of calls have gone up just illustrates what this winter has been like," he said.
"The number of calls is not an indication of the number of potholes in the county by any means.
"Many go unreported, but some of these may be reporting the same pothole.
"We fix others as we find them on our rounds and some of these may have already been fixed.
"These are reports through one route only, many of which may be duplicates.
"New potholes are always emerging, so there will be many more potholes in Lincolnshire than this."