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Council out in force to fix potholes

Council out in force to fix potholes in £49m investment to improve roads

16 March 2018

North Lincolnshire Council will be out in force in the next few weeks fixing potholes across North Lincolnshire as part of a £49m investment programme to transform the area’s roads in the next four years.

This includes an additional £645,000 from the government’s pothole challenge fund available in the current financial year. The money is being spent on repairing potholes and making our roads better and safer for all.

Highway Officers are continuing routine inspections and any defects are categorised and programmed for repair. In addition, any reported potholes are being inspected and categorised.

Operational Teams are continuously deployed on emergency pothole repairs across North Lincolnshire and this is taking priority over other programmed works.

Please note the programme has been affected this week by the adverse weather conditions that have been experienced in North Lincolnshire this week.

Whilst we attempt to undertake repairs in a timely manner there are certain areas where delays may occur owing to the need to protect both the workforce and travelling public and introduce formal traffic management to allow the repairs to be completed safely.

Next week (from Monday 19 March), pothole crews will be out in the following areas:

  • Town Ward

  • Brumby Ward

  • Frodingham Ward

  • Flixborough Parish (urban area)

  • Westwoodside

  • Haxey

  • Owston Ferry

  • Epworth

  • Eastoft

  • Riddings estate

  • Westcliff estate

  • Bottesford

  • Lincoln Gardens estate

  • Hibaldstow area

  • Kirton in Lindsey area - various locations including Manton Lane

The highways teams will be dealing with the worst potholes in the above areas, but as priorities reduce, further non-urgent streets in the wards/parishes will then be addressed.

You can report potholes to us online.

Facts about filling potholes:

  • It takes around 20 minutes to fill in a pothole from start to finish.

  • Traffic management is put in place first (cones and signs for the odd pothole; up to a full road closure for more major work) to make the road safe.

  • On less busy roads, the section of road is cut out, any loose material removed, repaired with new tarmac and compacted.

  • On average, the crews fill 20 to 30 potholes a day depending on the size and location

  • Potholes have to be a certain depth to be repaired

  • Programmed permanent repairs are carried out using a machine to resurface larger areas.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for safer, greener and cleaner places, North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We are investing more than ever to improve North Lincolnshire’s roads, with £49m allocated in our recent budget to deliver the significant transformation of our local highways over the next few years.

“The money is being spent on repairing potholes and making our roads better and safer for all.

“We have seen an increase in number of potholes due to the recent bad weather and motorists will see crews out repairing the roads in the coming weeks.

“Please bear with us. We will do our best to get the work done as quickly as possible but there may be some disruption and we ask you to be patient while work takes place.”

Pothole filling
First Published:09 March 2018