An extra £5milion has been allocated for Lancashire’s roads and footpaths to bring them back into good condition and repair damage caused by storms earlier this year.Advertisement
Councillors prioritised improving people’s journeys when setting Lancashire County Council’s annual budget in February.
Improvement work of £28.4m was initially agreed by councillors, and the county council’s cabinet has now given the go-ahead for a further round of work with an extra £5m.
After the devastation of Storms Ciara and Dennis, £1.64m has been allocated for urgent repairs for roads and footpaths damaged in the storms.
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This spending boost will help communities avoid any further disruption and deterioration of roads and structures and allowing badly damaged roads to reopen.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We know that keeping our roads in good condition is a real priority for residents and businesses because they support many aspects of everyday life and are vital to our economy.
“Ensuring we do all we can to support our economy has never been more important as we focus on the task of helping the county recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have a long term plan to improve the condition of our roads, and surveys show they are gradually improving due to continual investment over recent years.
“However the winter weather always presents a challenge, and this year the floods we experienced in February had a particular impact.”
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A further £1.65m will be invested in improving more of Lancashire’s busy A, B and C roads, as well as those in residential areas – on top of £8.9m already allocated for these roads in February’s budget.
The council has also allocated £713,192 to improve pavements, helping to prevent trips and slips and £1m put aside to prevent potholes and fix areas where pothole deterioration is too extensive for normal pothole repairs.
Cllr Iddon added: “We added £5m to this year’s budget to help deal with issues which emerge over the course of the year such as the flood damage, and areas of localised deterioration, to ensure we can repair them in a timely way and prevent them getting any worse.
“The extra funding will help to protect the investment we’ve already made in Lancashire’s roads and boost our existing maintenance programme to bring more of them into good condition.”
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