Council given extra funding to tackle potholes after severe winter - The Leamington Observer

Council given extra funding to tackle potholes after severe winter

Ian Hughes 13th May, 2018   0

THE PLAGUE of potholes on Warwickshire roads is being tackled say council chiefs.

The county’s roads have been badly hit over the severe winter which saw them battered by snowstorms, hail, rain, strong winds and sub zero temperatures.

Warwickshire County Council has been given an extra £1.4 million from the government to help pay for the repair of potholes and other damage caused by the freezing temperatures and storms including the Beast from the East.

Each year, around 15,000 potholes are reported in the county but highway chiefs are anticipating more this year.

During very cold weather, such as that experienced in February and March, potholes are more likely to form and existing ones are likely to become bigger.

They are formed when water penetrates the surface of a road through cracks caused by constant traffic use. When the water freezes, it expands and causes the road surface to rupture.

County highways spokesman Coun Jeff Clarke said: “The council has funds for repairing the potholes in our roads but this winter has been particularly destructive and our roads have borne the brunt.

“This additional money from the government to help us start to repair the damage done is most welcome and we hope residents will soon start to see improvements to their local roads.

“I appreciate it can be frustrating when there is a delay in repairing a pothole you have reported, but I would ask everyone to please be patient while we deal first with the potholes that are the biggest danger to the public.”

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