May 26, 2012 10.32 am This story is over 137 months old

Lincoln roads fall apart in the heat

Melting roads: Second attempt at resurfacing Lincoln roads falls apart in the heat.

— Updated on May 28 at 10.52am

The road surface on Burton Road in uphill Lincoln has been falling apart in the heat of up to 25°C on Friday, May 25.

Parts of the road surface were sticking to cars’ wheels as they drove through the street, with similar effects from the heat on Eastgate, near the cathedral.

The road has been resurfaced for the second time in a year in April, after Lincolnshire County Council contractors May Gurney delivered an inadequate service in September last year.

This was because they used sub-standard surface covering the first time.

Resurfacing was carried out in Burton Road, Tentercroft Street, Rookery Lane, Lee Road, Union Road and Eastgate.

Burton Road and Eastgate were two of the resurfaced roads melting in Friday’s heat.

Lincolnshire County Council said on Twitter: “During sudden hot weather, this can happen sometimes with this material when it’s not yet had chance to fully bed in.

“We’re on the case this weekend if needed. Cooler forecast also helpful and we’ll assess again next week.”

— Update: Head of Highways Alan Aistrup said: “We always aim for a first class finish every time, but on occasion hot weather can present problems.

“The roads were treated over the weekend with layers of sand and small grit and frequent sweeping. We’re reassessing them to see what additional work needs to be done.

“If anyone feels their car, home or belongings have been damaged, please get in touch with specific details and supporting photos and this will be looked into.”

Photos by Trevor Gibbs