Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s deputy leader whose portfolio includes highways and transport, said: “We have been allocated almost £1.8m, more than double the amount we received last year.
“This is recognition by the government of the challenges that councils are facing in maintaining their highway networks.
“We have adopted a ‘whole-life’ proactive approach to roads to make sure that, wherever possible, preventative work is carried out to extend the life of road surfaces before more costly repairs are needed. The council also carries out high quality, urgent repairs on potholes across the area, operating on a’‘fix it once, fix it well’ basis. This is part of our ongoing commitment to investing in our roads.”
The £1.8m funding will be spilt into:
- £300,000 for permanent patching repairs to the carriageway
- £325,000 for extra improvements to schemes already in the 18/19 capital programme
- £243,000 for the maintenance element of proposed highway improvement schemes
- £511,000 for maintaining and resurfacing identified roads
- £150,000 for improving footways
- £250,00 for permanent pothole repairs including three months of post winter damage repair using a Spray Injection Patcher (April, May and June) to bring roads back up to standard quickly.
A draft list of which roads will be included in the programme can be found at https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/parking-travel-roads/roads/road-repairs/highways-funding-grant
To report a pothole or road defect online visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/connect