Gloucestershire's roads could be in line for a slice of £140 million of investment to help repair the county’s roads that have become scarred by potholes.
The wettest winter on record has left behind a ‘daunting trail of destruction’ - with drivers left to run the gauntlet on some of the county’s worst hit roads.
Bean counters at the county council could see budgets topped up by more than £40 million of Government cash.
And that could go straight into the coffers to put road gangs to work fixing potholes, helping reduce dangers for drivers.
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for roads and flooding, said: “The fact government is making extra funding available is great news. The wet weather has caused massive damage to our road network.
“It isn't just the big damage caused by landslips or by flooded roads. Very wet weather is actually more damaging to roads than frost, causing potholes and defects.
“We're looking for help to address as many of these issues as possible. We're hopeful of a positive response from government.”
All councils will also share in a £103.5 million boost to the money available. Most councils are expected to receive the extra money by the end of this week in an effort to ensure works are completed before the summer holidays.
In return they will be required to publish on websites by the end of August details of how it was used.
The Department for Transport said the funds – which take the total budget to £1bn for 2013-14 – had been found through savings made elsewhere over the year.
Transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said: “Having the right infrastructure in place to support businesses and hardworking people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan.
“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and local residents who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”
The AA president, Edmund King, said: “Even though we haven't had the traditional ice and snow this winter, the relentless rain has taken its toll on many roads. Some road surfaces have been eroded away by rain and cause particular danger for those on two wheels as well as damage for those on four wheels. The funding is welcome but we will still be playing catch-up once this money runs out.”