An extra £3.7m is secured to tackle potholes after a soaking wet winter

Around £3.7 million of extra funding has been pledged to council chiefs to help with the county’s pothole ridden roads.

Central government has granted the extra cash to Herts County Council from a national flooding relief fund totalling £183.5 million following a winter of extreme weather.

Councillor Terry Douris, who oversees highways, said:“I’m pleased that the government has responded to our call for more money to repair these flood-hit roads, although it won’t on its own enable us to repair all the identified damage.

“Nevertheless, this funding is a welcome boost to our efforts to repair many miles of flood-damaged roads and bridges after another winter of extreme weather which has had a major impact on roads.”

The council identified 42 miles of road - seven miles is within the Dacorum area and covers 13 roads - and 16 bridges that have been badly affected by the unusually high levels of rain.

The cost to repair the damage is estimated to be around £7 million and the council is exploring various options to fund the remaining repair bill, without having a major impact on its planned maintenance programme.

Mr Douris said: “We are also planning to make a similar bid for a share of the £200 million challenge fund to tackle potholes announced by the Chancellor in this year’s budget.” The council’s highways contractor Ringway is prioritising repairs to ensure damage assessed as needing an emergency response is fixed straight away, and that other repairs are done in the most efficient way possible.

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