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Keeping you safe

A bad winter saw potholes form on roads across the county - but the council is rising to the challenge

Although it’s normal for more potholes to develop over the winter months, the weather over the last few months was particularly damaging.

Road repairs taking place

The combination of wet weather and freezing temperatures meant potholes were even more likely to form.

So to keep Lincolnshire moving, we’re repairing thousands of potholes every month.

Dangerous defects are fixed as a matter of urgency, with other issues prioritised and dealt with as resources allow.

Our first choice is always a permanent fix, and we try to avoid temporary repairs as far as possible.

However, in some circumstances, for example if extensive repairs are required or traffic management is needed to carry out the work safely, we may make a temporary repair to keep the road safe while the necessary arrangements are made.

The timescale for a repair will normally depend on the severity of the pothole and the type of road.

Generally, if a pothole is considered a safety issue (which usually means it is 40mm or deeper) it will be dealt with within the following timescales:

  • A roads and busiest B roads - made safe within 24 hours and a repair arranged
  • B roads and busiest C roads - repaired within 7 days
  • C roads and unclassified roads - repaired within 28 days

However, these timescales can be affected by other factors, such as bad weather or high traffic levels.

More minor potholes (less than 40mm deep) can take longer to repair, although most should be tackled within three months.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Keeping Lincolnshire’s roads in good condition has always been a priority for us.

“We spend around £50m on highways maintenance each year. While this sounds a lot of money, we have 5,500 miles of road to maintain, and it will only go so far. That’s why we’re calling on the Government for fairer funding for Lincolnshire.

“If councils here received the average for council areas in England, the region would benefit from £116m of extra funding for services every year - some of which could be used for highways repairs. That would make a massive difference.”

Reporting problems

The council has officers out inspecting our highways regularly, but with so many to maintain, it’s impossible for them to be aware of every single issue at any one time.

We therefore actively encourage people to get in touch when they find a pothole or other defect.

To report a highways fault, visit or call 01522 782070.

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