£6million to repair roads

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An additional £6.451million has been made available to help maintain Lincolnshire’s roads.

The Department for Transport has given Lincolnshire County Council the extra cash to be spent over the next two years on renewing, repairing and extending the life of roads across the county.

The funding can be used for improvements such as road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage caused by severe weather, such as the recent heavy rain.

Coun William Webb, executive member for highways and transportation, said: “We’re delighted the Government has made this significant amount of additional funding available, especially given the difficult financial climate.

“Lincolnshire faces particular challenges for highways maintenance because of its size and rurality, so any additional funding is always welcome.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use, and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.

“Getting the best out of our roads will also help boost the county economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”

Lincolnshire will receive £4.2million in 2013 and a further £2.2million in 2014.

It is the most money of any county in the East Midlands, where a total of £22.5million has been allocated to spend on repait work overall.

Figures suggest 80 per cent of county roads need repair.