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Lincolnshire motorists urged to report road damage at start of 'pothole season'

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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RURAL land and business group, the CLA, is urging motorists in Lincolnshire to be vigilant on the roads and watch out for potholes in order to avoid a hefty repair bill.

Freezing conditions in the last few days have heralded the start of this winter's 'pothole season'.

CLA regional spokesman Tim Barnes-Clay said: "Potholes affect every road user – but especially motorists in rural locations where roads tend to be neglected at the best of times.

"Local councils need to take action in alleviating this problem but it's also important for motorists to play their part in reporting potholes to councils.

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"Potholes are not simply an irritation they are a considerable road safety concern.

"More cold weather over the next few days will not only create more holes, it will move council staff from repairs to gritting duties, so potholes will appear faster than they get fixed. The only way to avoid damaging your car is to be on the lookout, especially on rural routes."

Every year when temperatures first drop below zero, water freezes in small cracks and holes in the road.

As it freezes, it expands and breaks apart the surface, then melts in the daytime and repeats the process the following night in a cycle that allows craters to get bigger and bigger.

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  • wosp1  |  January 18 2013, 6:32PM

    It has been said "You can't polish a Richard III" - The best you can do is roll it in glitter. That's all councils do - look at Grantham Road, Sleaford. Resurfaced, sorry, "surface dressed" in July 2012, but now it's in bits. Like most things covered in glitter at Xmas, it flakes off in chunks!

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  • M_C_Donald  |  January 17 2013, 4:46PM

    if it takes them 2 years to repair the A46 towards Newark which is a major route, what hope have the potholes on lesser routes got?" Except that the A46 towards Newark is a trunk road and is maintained by the Highways Agency and not the county council.

  • Roadscource  |  January 17 2013, 4:11PM

    "who do you report these potholes to? is there a hot line?" Why bother, they have Highway Inspectors who are paid to do this. Furthermore, if it takes them 2 years to repair the A46 towards Newark which is a major route, what hope have the potholes on lesser routes got?

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  • Gixxerman  |  January 17 2013, 10:08AM
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  • captainred  |  January 17 2013, 7:57AM

    who do you report these potholes to? is there a hot line?

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