New plan to maintain highway network

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County council chiefs say roads and pavements will be in a ‘noticeably better’ state in five years’ time than they are now, under a recently adopted plan.

The authority has brought in a 15-year transport asset management plan which will see priority given to revamping particular parts of the network during each of three phases.

The first five-year phase will focus on improving A, B and C roads and pavements, the second phase will target residential and rural unclassified roads, and the third phase will tackle bridges, street lights and traffic signals.

So far in Preston the council has carried out surface schemes on Belton Hill and Ingol West estates, costing £70,000.

Coming up before the end of August, the council will be spending £285,000 on surface dressing schemes on Longridge Road, Deepdale Road, Brabiner Lane, West Strand, White Lea Lane and Langley Lane.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Our highway network is vital to the health of our economy and people’s ability to go about their everyday lives. But we face a number of challenges to maintain it. The cold and wet weather of recent years has taken its toll on the condition of our infrastructure, set against a climate of severe financial austerity with £300m being cut from the council’s budget in the next four years, and increased expectations from residents and businesses.

“The TAMP has been drawn up in response to these challenges and provides a sound 15-year plan which addresses the needs of our highway assets in the most efficient and effective manner and is based on intervening at the right time with the right treatment.

“This is a significant departure from the traditional approach of repairing the worst damage first in that we will be intervening more frequently at an earlier stage. This will allow us to use more cost effective treatments and make our money go further.”