Government windfall will help repair damaged roads

PUBLISHED: 20:00 18 January 2013

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SOMERSET roads will benefit from a £5million boost after recent flooding devastated parts of the county.

Somerset County Council has been handed a grant from the Department for Transport for essential maintenance and to extend the life of the county’s roads.

The torrential rain has left highway bosses facing huge bills and cabinet member Councillor Harvey Siggs, said: “This windfall couldn’t have come at a better time.

“The extra £5million will be spent on responding to the damage caused by the recent flooding and improving the conditions of our roads.”

Costs for flood repairs are likely to top £1million, including £100,000 on emergency repairs and the clean-up during the storms.

An extra £70,000 will be needed for drain and gully cleaning and £375,000 on repairs to roads and bridges.

Cllr Siggs said: “Last year was the second wettest year since rainfall records began, meaning road surfaces across Somerset have been more badly affected by wear and tear than would usually be expected.

“Crews have been busy fixing pot holes and resurfacing our roads, and they will continue to do so.

“Last year we repaired more than 20,000 potholes, completely resurfaced 26 miles of road and surface dressed a further 200 miles.”

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