Council to fix potholes in North Lincolnshire as part of £49m investment programme
Potholes across North Lincolnshire are set to be fixed over the next few weeks as part of a £49 million council investment programme to transform the area’s roads in the next four years.
North Lincolnshire Council bosses say the authority’s teams will be out in force to repair damage to the roads as part of the scheme, which includes an additional £645,000 from the Government’s pothole challenge fund available in the current financial year.
The council says 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.
Whilst the council 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.
Starting earlier this week (from Monday 13th March), pothole crews will be out in the following areas:
- Gunness, Epworth, Haxey, Owston Ferry areas
- Ashby and Bottesford wards
- Frodingham and Ferry wards
- Kingsway, Lincoln Gardens, West Cliff areas
- East Area – various locations including Brigg, Cadney and Howsham
Councillor Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for safer, greener and cleaner places at 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 the 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.”
It comes after Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin called for action over potholes in North Lincolnshire.
The town’s MP has written a letter to the council highlighting the areas of concern.
Mr Dakin said: “I am delighted that the council is responding to my campaign for tackling potholes and pavements and roads locally.
“It is important that they do proper repairs that last and not just make the matter worse.
“I will be listening to what local people tell me.”
The local authority has released the following 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.