An extra £2.6 million will be added to this year’s highways maintenance budget for repairs to the worst affected winter and drought damaged roads in Lincolnshire.
Severe winter weather combined with the recent drought means that more roads than normal are affected.
Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor William Webb, said: “We’ve seen the number of potholes increase following some of the worst winter weather for many years recently, and the prolonged drought of around eighteen months has led to lengthy cracks of the road surface in some areas.”
A joint bid earlier this year with four neighbouring authorities to the Department of Transport (DfT) for extra cash to tackle the drought damaged roads was not successful.
Councillor Webb added: “We were extremely disappointed not to have succeeded with our bid to the DfT for cash to specifically tackle drought damaged roads.
“It’s rare to have roads so widely affected by this and we cannot address it out of our existing budget.
“By digging deep into our reserves, despite tightened economic times, we can now prioritise the winter and drought damaged roads that are causing us most concern.”
A number of roads in Lincoln are on the priority list for repairs, including Canwick Road, Cross O Cliff, Outer Circle Road and Wragby Road.