The state of the Isle of Man's roads could deteriorate due to budget cuts, the Director of Highways has warned.
Richard Pearson said funding levels were currently £5m short of the amount required to maintain the status quo.
Last year, the department spent £13.5m on road repairs and in the coming year £15m has been allocated.
Mr Pearson added: "I would envisage a slight deterioration but funding from other schemes will have to be moved to supplement the road maintenace budget".
Despite the financial concerns it is estimated the island is about a month away from resolving the pothole problem caused by the severe winter weather.
The island's roads were badly hit when the temperature fell below freezing for a period of about two weeks.
In January, pothole reports from the public in the Isle of Man rose five times from an average of 100 a month to 500 a month.
Each pothole costs in the region of £30 to £100 to fix and there are currently 10 teams with two Jet Patcher machines working on the roads.
Mr Pearson said: "I have no doubt the island's roads will be ready for the TT races in June. Before racing we do a careful inspection with the clerk of the course and the race organisers- any defects are sorted out promptly".
- 28 February 2011