Letter - We’re working our way through potholes on a tight budget

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In reply to your letter last week about potholes in Stanley (Express Letter May 31) I am sure your readers will understand that extreme weather conditions and increases in traffic volumes both play a major part in the rate at which all local road networks deteriorate.

Four of the last five winters have been extreme, with substantial snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures. This - along with 2012 being the wettest year in Yorkshire since records began over 100 years ago - has left some roads in need of attention. This is coupled with the ever-increasing demand for access. In short, our roads are being used more and are wearing out faster.

We are is investing nearly £4.5 million this year to resurface worn out roads. In addition to this, a further £1 million is allocated to repair potholes to keep roads safe until resurfacing can be funded.

Although this may appear to be a large sum of money, resurfacing roads is not a cheap process and unfortunately this funding will not resurface all the roads that need it in 2013.

But we are doing all we can with a tight and limited budget. Work is underway on the 2013 carriageway resurfacing programme. A second phase of this programme will be announced in the near future and will include work on Bolus Lane.

Please continue to report any highway defects to the council’s contact centre on 0845 8 506 506.

Coun Denise Jeffery

Deputy Leader

Wakefield Council