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1 April 2010, 08:04 | Updated: 1 April 2010, 08:10
A £2.5 million repair scheme to fix potholes and damage caused to Bournemouth's roads by the winter weather gets underway this month.
Since December more than 1,300 road defects have been reported to the council by local people.
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport, said: "The recent spell of cold weather has undoubtedly had an adverse affect on the road conditions, with the cycle of freezing and thawing water causing road surfaces to break up and produce potholes.
"By carrying out this investment in our road structure we are investing in the future prosperity of our town."
Potholes develop when roads become worn and cracked. Water gets into the cracks and freezes. When water freezes, it expands, and once it thaws, it causes the potholes.
Officers are currently trying to prioritise roads that are in greatest disrepair.
To report a problem with a road near you, contact Bournemouth council on 01202 451199.