Council vows to make high-quality road upgrades after being handed £1.78m kitty

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 March 2019

A quarter-million-pound chunk of the grant will be spent tackling potholes across the district.

A quarter-million-pound chunk of the grant will be spent tackling potholes across the district.

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Close to £2million will be spent repairing North Somerset's roads after the local authority was handed a huge sum of cash by the Government.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds will be used to tackle potholes, resurfacing roads and improving footways after North Somerset Council received a £1.78million boost from the Department for Transport.

The grant is double the sum North Somerset received last year, and council bosses believe it will be able to make ‘high-quality’ improvements to roads with the funding.

A quarter-million-pound chunk of the grant will be spent tackling potholes across the district, with three months of spray injections planned from April to June, which the authority is confident will ‘bring roads back up to standard quickly’.

The council will spend £300,000 on permanent patching repairs to roads, £511,000 on maintaining and resurfacing problem carriageways and £150,000 upgrading pavements and footways.

Around £240,000 will be used to support projects which are already underway, and £325,000 has been earmarked to further enhance schemes which are planned for the next 12 months.

Portishead’s Bristol Road is one of the roads being targeted for improvements by the council, while a £40,000 upgrade to a section of Brockley Combe Road, which is in ‘very poor condition’ is planned.

Broadoak Hill in Dundry will also benefit from roadworks, which will see ‘extensive patching works’ to improve the tired and well-used road.

A council spokesman said: “We have been allocated almost £1.8million, more than double the amount we received last year.

“This is recognition by the government of the challenges 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.”

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