Teams to identify pothole damaged roads in Lincolnshire which need permanent repairs
Drought-damaged roads in Lincolnshire will be dug up, remixed and then re-laid as part of a £6.4 million investment in road repairs by the county council.
Four new teams are about to start drawing up a hit list of the pothole-ridden roads they will fix first after highways bosses secured a major cash windfall.
The new teams are expected to repair damage along commuter routes, including the A15.
It comes after Lincolnshire County Council decided to use a £6.4 million repair grant to fix pot holes.
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The teams will use specialist lorries to pour molten asphalt into craters.
This is then mechanically compacted, creating a solid, permanent bond as it cools.
The spending will also include £1 million to churn up drought damaged surfaces and roll out the recycled material to make a new surface, a further £1 million for larger strips or patches and the same amount to fix wear and tear at junctions.
Paul Coathup, assistant director for highways and transportation at Linvcolnshire County Council, said matching the right repair to a specific fault is key.
He said: "It would take £300 million to take all of Lincolnshire's roads up to standard.
"This extra money won't be the answer to all the problems – it won't fix every pothole – but it is welcome and my job is to spend it as wisely as possible."
The overall annual repair budget for the county's 5,500 miles of roads is £50 million and there are currently 10 reactive teams.
Existing cold asphalt temporary fills to make roads safe will continue.
Councillor William Webb, the county council's executive member for highways and transportation, said: "We can now do a fix first time which we would always have liked to do if we had the finance."
To report a pothole in Lincolnshire, call the Highways Customer Service Centre on 01522 782070 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk