Large sections of Grantham’s pockmarked roads are being sorted out once and for all, says Lincolnshire County Council.
A plan of four resurfacing projects has been put together by the highways department, which began last month with biggest of them all – Harlaxton Road.
Although highways came in for criticism at the time, largely due to access issues for busineses and residents, there is no denying the surface of the road is vastly improved.
Then, last week, part of Swinegate was resurfaced, where it had deteriorated.
Next on the agenda are the gyratory systems at Dysart Road and sheltered housing complex Premier Court. Both are due to be complete by the end of September.
In Dysart Road, a 100m stretch will be restored. A new surface will go down once structural repairs are carried out, all taking place overnight to prevent traffic problems during the day.
The same can be said for works on the Premier Court gyratory system, where, in addition, an infamous pothole will finally be repaired, promises area highways manager Mark Heaton.
Mr Heaton said: “The reoccurring pothole on Brook Street is caused by a brook which flows under the road, and by the fact that there’s a major electricity cable that runs just under the road surface. These two issues make this small section of road very susceptible to damage.
“We’re resurfacing the Premier Court gyratory in the near future, and while we’re doing that we’ll resolve the issue on Brook Street. However, we will need to carry out some exploratory works prior to this.”
The first half of the gyratory system, which surrounds Premier Court, was resurfaced last year, with the remaining section of road expected to be finished by the end of September.
It is hoped that structural repairs will include a broken drain in Brownlow Street, which has been surrounded by barriers for a number of weeks, according to Beverley Myers, of nearby Welby Gardens. She said: “For more than two months these road signs and barriers have occupied a parking space in the one-hour parking bay. Short-term parking is hard enough to find in this town.”
Mr Heaton said the barriers remained in place following an investigation into a broken drain cover.
He said: “We discovered that it was more like the whole drain was broken and needed rebuilding. This is quite a big piece of work, so we’ve put up safety barriers while we co-ordinate the labour and materials we’ll need. I’m not able to give a timeline, all I can say is that we’ll carry out the work as soon as we’re able to.”