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Roadworks city: Extra funding means Preston potholes blitz

Posted on - 18th October, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Roads, Transport
Expect to see plenty of temporary traffic lights during roadworks

Expect to see plenty of temporary traffic lights during roadworks Pic: Tony Worrall

Extra cash to prepare Preston’s road network for winter has been spent in a blitz on road resurfacing.

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Lancashire County Council clawed an extra £4.9 million from the government for highway repairs across the county, including a raft of roadworks in Preston.

Work is continuing on a number of roadworks which are due to be completed by Christmas.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re taking a long term approach to road maintenance which recognises that it’s more cost-effective to keep good roads in good condition than focus on fixing the worst potholes first.

“Our highway network is vital to our economy and people’s everyday lives but we face a real challenge to maintain it in future. Drivers, cyclists and businesses have increased expectations but the county council faces a climate of real austerity, needing to cut £300m from our budget.

“Our new approach is to concentrate more resources on making the right treatment at the right time to seal surfaces and stop water getting into them, which over time will reduce the number of potholes appearing and improve the overall quality of our roads.

“We will of course continue to carry out inspections and repair potholes to ensure our roads are safe.”

Below is what’s happening in Preston and how much it is costing:

North Road. From Lancaster Road North to Park Mill Place. Putting down carriageway microasphalt costing £31,163

Tom Benson Way. Roundabout at junction with Tag Lane and Tanterton Hall Road. Putting down carriageway microasphalt. Costing £33,651.

Garstang Road. Savick Brook to outside number 218. Putting down carriageway microasphalt. Costing £40,702.

Mariners Way. Roundabout at junction of Portway and Channel Way. Putting down carriageway micrasaphalt. Costing £9,135.

D’urton Lane. Garstang Road to Cobblers Hill. Putting down carriageway microasphalt. Costing £30,061.

Nook Glade. Preston Road to Preston Road. Footway inlay. Costing £46,306.

Jepps Avenue. West Park Avenue to Elm Avenue. Footway inlay. Costing £51,813.

Holmrook Road. Deepdale Road to Plover Street. Replacing existing stone setts with bitumen macadam surface. Costing £23,143.

Aqueduct Street and Brook Street junction. Refurbishing signals. Costing £17,600.

Happening from January 2015:

Blackpool Road, east of Manor House Crescent. Refurbishing signals. Costing £8,800.

Garstang Road in Broughton. Flood relief and drainage improvements. Costing £45,045.

Darkinson Lane, Lea Town. Flood mitigation including advance investigation of culvert capacity and headwall layout. Costing £15,015.

Ringway underpass bridge. Waterproofing of bridge on the A59. Costing £206,700.

Savick Brook bridge at Whittingham Lane. Inspect bridge. Costing £4,200.

Mason Hill bridge. Inspect bridge. Costing £4,200.

St Pauls footbridge on the A6 Ringway. Inspect bridge. Costing £6,400.

If you spot any potholes or problems with Preston’s road networks you can report them using FixMyStreet which sends an alert to the relevant council department.

What do you think of the improvements to the road network? Have they got the right places? Let us know in the comments below

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