Extra £2.6m to mend roads

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AN EXTRA £2.6million is to be ploughed into repairing the area’s worst roads.

Lincolnshire County Council has vowed to dig deep into its own reserves to provide the extra cash to bring roads hit by severe winter weather and droughts up to scratch.

The move follows an unsuccessful joint bid by Lincolnshire and four other authorities to the Department of Transport for £6.5million to tackle the problems affecting an unusually high number of roads.

Executive member for highways and transportation Coun William Webb said: “We’ve experienced some real extremes of weather which means that more roads than usual have been damaged.

“We’ve seen the number of potholes increase following some of the worst winter weather for many years, and the prolonged drought has led to lengthy cracks of the road surface in some areas.

“It’s rare to have roads so widely affected by this and we cannot address it out of 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.”

Some of the worst winter weather affected roads include: Enterprise Way/Benner Road, Pinchbeck; Knight Street, Pinchbeck; Moulton Chapel Road, Cowbit; South Street, Crowland and West Elloe Avenue, Spalding.

Drought-affected roads include: Old South Eau Bank, Gedney Hill; Hulls Drove, Postland; Welland Bank, Crowland; Boston Road, Swineshead and the B3391 Ralphs Lane, Frampton/Wyberton.