More funding for road repairs
Gloucestershire County Council is planning to reinvest an additional £1m into the road network.
Through careful planning throughout last year, the council has a small underspend which it can invest back into frontline services. Acting on public feedback, the council has decided to allocate £1million of this money into highways which means that more work can take place to tackle road damage.
This comes in addition to £1m funding from the Department of Transport, meaning a total additional one-off investment of £2m will be spent on extra highways work this year.
To make sure that this makes additional improvement to our roads, the council has asked its contractor Amey to ensure this does not affect the already planned programme of work for the county.
The additional work, which will take place throughout the next few months, will focus on tackling pothole clusters and will be in addition to any existing schemes that are scheduled.
The cluster targeting will be primarily focused towards A and B roads, which are the busiest in the county and are vital to the economy. These roads will be specifically targeted, based on:
- Roads that are reported the most for pothole repair
- Roads that have the most reoccurring potholes
- The most used roads across the county
The funding will be used this summer and autumn to try and get to winter with roads in the best possible state. Cabinet will be asked to approve the funding on 8th June.
Highways teams will be trialling new machinery over the coming months as well, including mobile asphalt mixers, in an attempt to get a more efficient pothole repair system and stronger repairs.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: "We're working hard to tackle the potholes and improve the quality of roads in Gloucestershire. We understand this is a priority which is why despite tight finances we are putting more money into getting this right. In this difficult financial time, it's not always possible but our careful financial planning has allowed us to make this one off money available."
"I am keen to make sure that this funding is used as effectively as possible to prepare our roads this summer and autumn for winter."
For more information, including how to report a pothole, visit http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport.