It has been a record-breaking year according to Lincolnshire County Council, as more road repairs have been completed around the county than ever before — and on a budget.
Over 100,000 potholes have been filled in and more than 380 roads have been resurfaced in 2015.
County Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “We really have made every pound count.
“But we won’t settle for this – we have to make savings next year but we will try to be even more efficient.
“Our roads deteriorate from wear and tear, and we have to work out when is the best time to repair them for motorists. Also if you leave it too long, it can cost more money to bring them back up to standard.
“We will be utilising new technology in 2016 called ‘Horizons’ to make sure our repairs keep people safe and are cost-effective.
“In truth we do need more money just to keep everything in a good condition and we are about £14m short per year to achieve this, but we continue to find innovative ways of maintaining the highway.”
The Lincolnshire Highways Alliance, which will run until 2020, is determined to continue this into the new year despite further cuts.
Paul Rusted, Infrastructure Commissioner at Lincolnshire County Council, says finding efficiencies is nothing new: “About six years ago we formed a partnership with three organisations to help us repair and improve roads, signs, lighting, bridges and more.
“The Lincolnshire Highways Alliance has been an effective partnership between the county council, Kier, Imtech and Mouchel ever since and together we estimate to have saved the taxpayer about £35 million.”