Transport ministry expects record damage to Czech roads due to long winter

14-02-2010

This year’s long winter with changeable temperatures will cause record damage to roads in the Czech Republic, the country’s Transport Minister Gustáv Slamečka told Czech TV on Sunday. The ministry estimates the maintenance costs at four billion crowns, or nearly 210 million US dollars, which is twice as much as last year. Mr Slámečka said the ministry only earmarked 1.2 billion crowns for maintenance this winter, and would have to transfer funds from other categories of the ministry’s budget. However, this should not affect any plans to build new roads and motorways. Roads are most affected by changing temperatures above and below zero which is the most frequent cause of potholes.