Grantham and nearby villages first in line as thousands of potholes due to be permanently repaired

Potholes in Grantham.
Potholes in Grantham.
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The Grantham area will be one of the first places to see potholes repaired as the county council starts its latest round of roadworks in the new financial year.

The council is currently finalising its pothole patching programme for 2017/18, with the first locations due to be tackled in April. Each pothole along these roads will be permanently repaired at an estimated cost of around £250,000.

Those roads to be tackled in the Grantham area will Barrowby Gate, Grantham, from April 5 to 14; Newark Hill, Foston, from April 27 to 28; Main Street, Ingoldsby, from May 2 to 8; and Station Road, Barkston, from May 9 to 11.

This is the first stage of a £5 million year-long programme, aimed at repairing the worst potholes across Lincolnshire and preparing some roads for future surface dressing. Each job will require a temporary road closure, with traffic management measures put in place, and is weather-dependent.

Coun Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “Our patching team will be out dealing with potholes five days a week. Last year we repaired more than 100,000 potholes countywide – a figure I’m looking to match this year.

“But this is just one strand of our road maintenance programme. In addition, we’ll have a programme of resurfacing works that will eradicate even more potholes, along with a range of improvement schemes aimed at tackling congestion.

“We have a total of around £35m to spend, on top of the millions we’re investing in building major new roads, such as the Lincoln Eastern Bypass and Grantham Southern Relief Road. And we’ll be sure to make every penny count.”

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