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Innovative highways work to save £1m

Roads at Wrangle and Amber Hill are among around 12 miles of unclassified routes in the county set for repair using new methods saving around £1 million on traditional systems.

Love Lane, Wrangle, and Sutterton Drove, Amber Hill, are in a programme of works between now and August to be undertaken by Lincolnshire County Council.

The authority has developed an in-situ road recycling process for unclassified roads which not only quickly repairs damage such as pot holes and crumbling on large stretches of road, it also recycles excess material from highways projects on major roads in the county.

The work will be undertaken on 29 sections of unclassified, pot-hole damaged road across the county with work taking between one and four days at each site. There will be road closures in place at each site, but access will be maintained.

The process enables potholes to be repaired and as well as giving a new structure to unclassified roads with minimal disruption in a small time scale. The work is predicted to last at least 10 years, removing the need to constantly repair pot holes caused by extreme weather conditions.

Area Highways Manager, Mark Heaton, said: "We effectively crush the top section of the road, mix it with material taken from major road works elsewhere in the county, a binding material and chippings and then re-shape the road, eliminating pot holes and creating a better road structure. We can then surface this new section of road. This process has proved very effective in the areas where we have already used it."

Lincolnshire County Council is the only local authority in the country to repair roads in this way.

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