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Road work backlog in Northamptonshire will cost 120m

The cost of repairing roads in Northamptonshire hit by severe winter weather and completing a backlog of work is set to top £120m.

Northamptonshire County Council said the work would take about 10 years to complete.

The money will also help repair streets hit by an increase in pot holes caused by the recent winter weather.

The cold spell has caused £19m damage to the county's roads, the council said.

'Worst weather'

It also revealed that it overspent its £1.8m gritting budget by £600,000 due to the bad weather.

Heather Smith, the council's cabinet member for transport, said: "We are looking at ways of improving road repairs and recognise the irritation of the public who see a quick and speedy repair break up within days.

"The first two months of 2010 saw some of the worst winter weather in 30 years and this had even more of an impact on the road network."

There were more than 8,000 pot holes reported in February.



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