Borough roads get share of highway repair pot

SOME of the worst roads in Boston borough are set for a bit of TLC after the harsh effects of winter – after Lincolnshire County Council earmarked funds from a £2.6 million highways pot.

The effects of winter coupled with the recent drought conditions left many of Lincolnshire’s roads in an unfit state, and the highways authority is now preparing to fix some of the worst-affected ones.

A total of 18 roads around Boston borough have been highlighted as in need of attention.

They are: Foddersyke Road, in Midville; Midville Road, in New Leake; Hobhole Road, in Midville; Hall Lane and Stickney Lane in Stickney and West Fen; Skirmoor Road/Patmans Lane, in Friskney; Lade Bank, in Old Leake; Wrangle Bank, in Wrangle/Old Leake; Vlaxy Bank, in Wrangle; Cowbridge, in Bicker; Ralph’s Lane, in Frampton/ Wyberton; Five House Lane, in Frampton/ Wyberton; Boston Road, in Swineshead; Clay Dyke, in Amber Hill; Main Ridge West and Peck Avenue, in Boston; the B1397 Wyberton to Kirton Road; the B1391 Black Jack, in Frampton/ Wyberton and the B1184 Church Road in Old Leake.

Repairs will be made over the summer months.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for highways and transportation, Coun William Webb, said: “We’ve experienced some real extremes of weather which means that more roads than usual have been damaged.

“We’ve seen the number of potholes increase following some of the worst winter weather for many years recently, and the prolonged drought of around 18 months has led to lengthy cracks of the road surface in some areas.

“By digging deep into our reserves, despite tightened economic times, we can now prioritise the winter and drought damaged roads that are causing us most concern.”

The news follows an unsuccessful bid to the Department for Transport earlier this year for help to deal with drought-damaged roads in the county.