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£2.6m to repair potholes in Lincolnshire roads damaged by extreme weather

By Boston Target  |  Posted: July 04, 2012

CRACKING STUFF:Extreme weather over the past year have caused damage to many roads

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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.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  July 04 2012, 1:59PM

    "All they usually do is dump some tarmac in the hole and roll it a few times and that is considered to be job done." And sometimes they just roll it with the truck that they came in!!

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  • Sir_Chasm  |  July 04 2012, 11:57AM

    Nice theory, Lincoln_Biker, except that this is Lincolnshire County Council which never has or never will be anything other than Tory-controlled.

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  • VictorToo  |  July 04 2012, 11:11AM

    Totally agree with previous posters, there's one particular hole in Skelly road and one on Broadgate that have been "repaired" by just putting tarmac in and rolling them flat, and if the repair lasts more than a month then they've done well. Why don't they do a proper job and be done with it ?

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  July 04 2012, 10:45AM

    Gixxerman, I suspect that as most elected parties don't expect to be in term beyond the next election, they do these false economy repairs to balance their books and satisfy their egos. This way, each successive party can blame the previous occupant for the poor quality work done and the escalating cost of repair, then they can "come good" for us little people by "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".

  • Gixxerman  |  July 04 2012, 10:05AM

    The standard of road repairs in this county is atrocious. All they usually do is dump some tarmac in the hole and roll it a few times and that is considered to be job done. They don't even seal the edges, so the weather, in very short order, gets under the repair and breaks in up. I have personally witnessed pothole repairs that have last less than 1 month. Not acceptable. They do the same when they re-surface roads. Instead of doing the job properly, they use the "cost effective" loose chippings surface dressing. This is very much false economy as this surface dressing just does not last anywhere near a reasonable amount time. If you need proof, go and look at Tentercroft street. They have had two goes at re-surfacing this road. The first effort was an abject failure and the contractors were made to redo it. This they did, but now only a few months later it is worn out again. If they had done it properly in the first place using a better quality surface dressing it would have lasted a great deal longer. Admittedly it would have cost more to do, but it would work out a lot cheaper in the long run.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  July 04 2012, 9:34AM

    If the roads I use regularly are anything to go by, LCC have a surfeit of yellow spray-paint and a dearth of tarmac.

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  • rick29  |  July 04 2012, 9:14AM

    they dont even repair potholes right in the first place. all they do is slap in a bit of tarmac, flatten it and go. they dont clear debris out of the hole, they dont cut the pothole to a tidy shape like rectangle/square depending on how big/wide the pothole is, they dont even seal around the edges of filled in potholes to stop water leaking under the tarmac they just put in. yes if they did the above the repair would take longer to do but it would also last longer to.

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  July 04 2012, 8:59AM

    Excuses, excuses... I'm hearing waffle, reading hyperbole and not seeing any real repair work being done. Good job, well done LCC. You've earnt another tea break for that.

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