Extra cash injection for Gloucestershire's pothole problem
AN EXTRA £1million is to be pumped into Gloucestershire’s ongoing battle to repair its hole-riddled roads.
Gloucestershire County Council has agreed to inject the extra cash into road resurfacing and patching after responding to calls for more to be done.
In total, 106 resurfacing schemes will improve the condition of 90 kilometres of Gloucestershire’s roads this year.
Improving roads means additional road works, so the county’s commuters are being urged to be patient.
Both full council and cabinet approved the extra expenditure, which is on top of the additional £5.9 million already being invested in highway improvement schemes in Gloucestershire this year.
The new money means some brand new resurfacing schemes can be delivered, like on the A38 Painswick Road.
It will also help extend existing resurfacing schemes like the planned resurfacing of the A429 Fosseway, which can now be doubled in length.
Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood at Gloucestershire County Council said: "Resurfacing to improve and renew the condition of the county’s roads continues to be a priority.
"This extra £1 million is on top of our existing annual resurfacing programme, and the additional £5.9 million we’re already ploughing into Gloucestershire’s roads. "People tell us they want to see improvements, and we’re acting on that."
The councillor added that resurfacing would sometimes lead to road closures.
"Highway teams will do all they can to reduce disruption during road works, but there will inevitably be some disruption and delay," he said.
"Please bear with us. Having the new the improved roads, that you have asked us for, will be worth it."
The additional £5.9 million investment being put into improving the county’s roads during 2013/14 includes £20,000 given to each councillor to use on his particular area, amounting to £530,000.
In addition, £3.5million for paver schemes, which includes jet patching and resurfacing.
Surface dressing schemes, which involves applying a condition to the road to improve its longevity, will have £1.5million to be spent on the county’s roads.
A £375,000 investment will go towards funding six "find and fix" gangs, which will go around the county fixing lower grade non-safety road defects.
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