Council plans to plug millions of potholes

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MOTORISTS will have a pothole-free start to next winter and main routes will be strengthened to help them cope better with freezing conditions.

That’s the claim from Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways Alliance as it releases a list of 42 priority roads set to benefit from significant repairs as part of its current pothole-filling crusade.

The Government awarded LCC £6.2m for road repairs after last winter’s damage, and the authority are now using half of it to put selected routes in a stronger position ahead of next winter.

Paul Coathup, assistant director of highways and transportation, said: “While 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.

“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.”

Forty-two stretches of road have been identified for the repairs.

Selection is based on factors including condition and safety defect inspections an the number of faults reported.

any previous repairs already carried out.

Depending on the road’s condition, the improvements proposed will either be new surfacing, patching, surface dressing or haunching.