£2.6m to repair potholes in Lincolnshire roads damaged by extreme weather
DROUGHT and winter damaged roads in Lincolnshire are to be repaired thanks to a £2.6 million fund.
The money has been allocated by Lincolnshire County Council to top up its highways maintenance budget.
The council says that ensuring the roads are in a good condition following winter damage is a priority, but severe winter weather combined with the recent drought means that more roads than normal are affected.
Executive member for highways and transportation, William Webb, said: "We've experienced some real extremes of weather which means that more roads than usual have been damaged.
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"We've seen the number of potholes increase following some of the worst winter weather for many years recently, and the prolonged drought of around eighteen months has led to lengthy cracks of the road surface in some areas."
A joint bid earlier this year with four neighbouring authorities to the Department of Transport (DfT) for extra cash to tackle the drought damaged roads was not successful.
Councillor Webb added: "We were extremely disappointed not to have succeeded with our bid to the DfT for cash to specifically tackle drought damaged roads.
"It's rare to have roads so widely affected by this and we cannot address it out of our existing budget.
"By digging deep into our reserves, despite tightened economic times, we can now prioritise the winter and drought damaged roads that are causing us most concern. We need to do all we can to help ensure our roads are safe for people to use."
For a full list of priority roads that are set to be repaired over the summer log on to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk and follow the links.