The pot will fund repairs to routes in all corners of the county - and also includes schemes to strengthen bridges, upgrade traffic lights and improve footpaths.
There are 76 resurfacing projects in total – many of which incorporate multiple roads (scroll down for the full list sorted by district).
In the Post’s patch, Chorley has scooped the biggest share of the road resurfacing budget - with almost £940,000 set to be poured into the borough’s potholes along 16 different routes. That includes major works in Buckshaw Village, as well as the one of the most expensive projects to be carried out in the county this year - a £229,000 upgrade to North Road in Bretherton.
South Ribble is in line for just under half of the road maintenance money heading to Chorley, but it will be spread across more routes - with repairs planned for a total of 21 roads in the district.
Preston, meanwhile, is currently earmarked for just two highway projects - including a £194,000 smoothing of a stretch of Blackpool Road.
The city will also see more spent on one of its pavements than will be splashed on any single road in the whole of Lancashire - with £303,000 set aside to improve underfoot conditions for pedestrians on a section of Watling Street Road.
However, Preston and other parts of the county could yet benefit from a more generous government grant for road maintenance in 2022/23 than Lancashire had been expecting.
The raft of projects was based on what it was feared would be a cut in the cash made available by ministers, following last year’s government spending review.
County Hall received a total of £28m from the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2021, but had forecast a fall in the money that would be made available over the next 12 months.- something which highways officers warned could undermine Lancashire’s long-term plan for keeping its roads in good condition.
However, just days before last Thursday's cabinet meeting at which the repairs were agreed, the DfT announced that Lancashire County Council would receive the same amount again this year.
Cabinet member for highways and transport Charlie Edwards told colleagues that the authority would now draw up a list of additional schemes to be funded by the money unexpectedly being sent its way - and said the county council had “worked hard” to ensure that there was no cut in funding from Whitehall.
The cash comprises two tranches of £12.8m - one from the so-called “basic needs” highways maintenance fund and the other from a cash pool specifically intended to tackle potholes.
Lancashire was also handed £3.2m from an incentive fund for maintaining its status as one of the best performing highways authorities.
Nevertheless, papers presented to the cabinet meeting revealed that the authority considers £35m to be the amount it requires each year in order to “maintain all highway assets effectively and safely” and “within a reasonable level of risk”.
However, County Hall says that it could manage the roads “within acceptable risk levels” provided it had a minimum of £22.35m available - almost £6m less than it is now going to receive.
The maintenance and pre-planned pothole repair funding under discussion at the meeting is separate to the county council’s budget for “reactive” repairs to defects that occur on the roads within the year. Another £5m has been added to that fund for 2022/23 to ensure that clusters of potholes can be filled at the same time - even if some of them would not normally be considered deep enough for intervention.
In a statement about the authority’s road repair plans, County Cllr Edwards said: "Our roads and supporting transport infrastructure are essential to our everyday lives and our economy, and keeping them in good condition is one of the county council's biggest responsibilities.
"We've seen plenty of Lancashire's typically wet and cold weather over recent weeks, which makes maintaining our roads a constant challenge, and why I'm very pleased that we have the resources available to make timely repairs and focus on our long-term goal of improving the overall condition of our highways so that they cost less to maintain in future.”
Under its transport asset management plan, which was adopted in 2014, County Hall agreed to spend five years focussing on improving the main A, B and C-classified roads in Lancashire, before turning its attention to unclassified, often residential, streets from 2020. It is for that reason that estates in Longton and Astley feature heavily in this year’s programme of work.
The plan also saw the authority move away from a ‘worst first’ philosophy in favour of a more preventative approach which was regarded as a better use of resources.
The repairs undertaken across the county this year will be a mix of full-scale resurfacing of the roads in the worst condition and what is known as “surface dressing”, a process of sealing re-laid carriageways to protect them from one of the biggest threats to their condition - water. “Microasphalt” is used for a similar effect on less busy routes.
Surface dressing requires the patching of existing potholes - work which has taken place in recent weeks in Buckshaw Village. As the Post reported last week, the closure of Central Avenue for that preparation job caused major delays because it coincided with gas main work on the nearby A6 Preston Road.
Cabinet member for economic growth, Aidy Riggott - who represents the Euxton, Buckshaw and Astley division - said that highways teams had tried to maintain traffic flow, but added that it was important the “more intense” work to come “goes as smoothly as possible”.
Meanwhile, cabinet members were told that the increased use of recycled material in road repairs carried out by the county council meant that the schemes that have already been planned for the year ahead are expected to save 267 tonnes of CO2 when compared to “more traditional material choices”.
That is calculated to be the equivalent of taking 116 cars off the road for 12 months.
County Cllr Edwards said that it was a “really great initiative”, which “reduces landfill costs and, most importantly, reduces carbon emissions as well”.
‘BLACK BLOBS’ TO BE BANISHED
Developers will have to choose from an approved “palette of materials” when designing public spaces in Lancashire - so that they can be more easily replaced if they have to be dug up by utilities companies.
Lancashire County Council’s cabinet approved the drafting of the scheme after hearing of the increased use of “exotic” surfacing for roads and footways in some public realm works. The materials can be difficult to source for future repairs by third-party contractors and also more expensive for the authority to maintain.
Cabinet member for highways and transport Charlie Edwards said that the new “Lancashire standard” would help eradicate “the blight of the black blob” - where a temporary repair has to be carried out until the correct materials can be found to match up with those that remain in place.
“There is the issue…of when [a] utility company fails to replace or reinstate the highways that they chew up. Often the excuse they use is: ‘We can't get the right materials’.
“So by having this standardised code of practice, [with] materials that are easier to get hold of, [it will be] easier to then reinstate the roads,” County Cllr Edwards explained.
Developers will also be asked to pay “commuted sums” of money to the county council if the future upkeep of their choice of material is likely to be particularly costly.
Firms will, however, be allowed to deviate from the new range of road and pavement options at the authority’s discretion.
£11.7m - resurfacing and pothole prevention, including:
£2m - for main, A, B and C roads
£2m - for rural unclassified roads
£4.2m - for urban unclassified roads
£750K - footways
£3.5m - bridges and structures
£1m - street lighting
£600K - traffic signals
Source: Lancashire County Council new starts highways capital programme, 2022/23
WHAT’S HAPPENING WHERE?
All of the maintenance works planned so far, in the form: road name – county council division – nature and exact location of the work
Lyndhurst Road – Burnley Central East – full resurfacing from Brunshaw Avenue to Todmorden Road
Waterbarn Street – Burnley North East – full resurfacing from Pratt Street to Newman Street
Plover Street – Burnley Central West – full resurfacing
Irene Street estate – Burnley Central East – surface dressing of Athletic Street from Morse Street to Mitella Street; Olympia Street from Morse Street to Lebanon Street and from Lebanon Street to Mitella Street; Brockenhurst Street from Morse Street to Lebanon Street af from Lebanon Street to Mitella Street; Morse Street from Lyndhurst Road to Athletic Street; Irene Street from Athletic Street to Olympia Street and from Olympia Street to Brockenhurst Street and from Brockenhurst Street to Lyndhurst Street; Lebanon Street fromAthletic Street to Lyndhurst Road and from Lyndhurst Road to Brunshaw Road; Mitella Street from Brunshaw Road to Lyndhurst Road; Celia Street from Prescott Street to Lyndhurst Road; Prescott Street from Mitella Street to Higgin Street; Holmsley Street from Higgin Street to Lyndhurst Road and from Lyndhurst Road to Thursfield Road; Hinton Street from Higgin Street to Lyndhurst Road and from Lyndhurst Road to Thursfield Road; Admiral Street from Higgin Street to Lyndhurst Road and from Lyndhurst Road to Thursfield Road; Linby Street from Lyndhurst Road to Thursfield Road; Linden Street from Lyndhurst Road to Thursfield Road
Burleigh Street and others – Burnley Central East – surface dressing of Burleigh Street from March Street to Brougham Street and from Brougham Street to Burns Street; Folds Street from March Street to Brougham Street and from Brougham Street to Burns Street; March Street from Burleigh Street to Princess Way; Clive Street from Oswald Street to Folds Street and from Folds Street to Burleigh Street; Cromwell Street from Oswald Street to Folds Street and from Folds Street to Burleigh Street; Gordon Street from Oswald Street to Folds Street and from Folds Street to Burleigh Street and from Burleigh Street to Canning Street; Hubie Street from Canning Street to the end; Canning Street from Gordon Street to Hubie Street and from Hubie Street to March Street; Burns Street from Brougham Street to Burleigh Street; Belford Street from Burns Street to Folds Street and from Folds Street to Burleigh Street; Merton Street from Burleigh Street to Kent Street; Kent Street; from Merton Street to Brougham Street
B5248, North Road – Chorley Rural West – full resurfacing between Doles Lane/Marlcop and Carr House Lane
Pilling Lane – Chorley Central – full resurfacing between Factory Way and the A6
Beaconsfield Road and Sycamore Road – Chorley North – full resurfacing of Beaconsfield Road between Wordsworth Terrace and Harpers Lane and full resurfacing of Sycamore Road between Shakespeare Terrace and Coltsfoot Drive
Rookwood Avenue – Chorley Central – full resurfacing between Chorley Hall Road to the end of the road at the factory gates
Holker Lane – Chorley Rural West – full resurfacing between Leyland Lane and Nook Farm
Troutbeck Road – Chorley South – full resurfacing between Lakeland Gardens and Scawfell Road
Pilling Lane – Chorley Central surface dressing between house no.84 and Carr Lane
Buckshaw Avenue – Chorley Central – full resurfacing of area close to the Sea View Pub
Central Avenue – Leyland South and Euxton, Buckshaw & Astley – surface dressing between Euxton Lane traffic lights and Dawson Lane traffic lights
Buckshaw Avenue – Euxton, Buckshaw and Astley – surface dressing between Central Avenue and Ordnance Road roundabout
Buckshaw Avenue – Euxton, Buckshaw and Astley – surface dressing between Ordnance Road and Horseshoe Drive roundabout
Buckshaw Avenue – Euxton, Buckshaw and Astley – microasphalt application between Horseshoe Drive roundabout and the TVS traffic lights
Buckshaw Avenue – Euxton, Buckshaw & Astley and Clayton with Whittle -Chorley Central- microasphalt application between TVS traffic lights and the A6/Seaview traffic lights
Ordnance Road – Euxton, Buckshaw and Astley – microasphalt application between Buckshaw Avenue and the end of its adopted extent, just beyond the railway station entrance
Astley Road estate – Chorley Central – surface dressing of full lengths of Astley Road, Millwood Glade, Woodfield Road, Highfield Road South, Chorley Hall Road and Millfield Road. Surface dressing of Rookwood Avenue between Astley Road and Chorley Hall Road
St Albans Road – St Annes South – full resurfacing from house no. 12A to the dead end
Mill Lane – Fylde West – overlay from Lodge Lane to end of the adopted extent of the road
Greenhalgh Lane – Fylde West – surface dressing of entire length between Back Lane and Fleetwood Road
Lower Gate Road – Accrington North full resurfacing Station Road/Altham Lane to Burnley Lane/Higher Gate Road
Hollins Lane – Accrington South – full resurfacing from Newton Drive to Royds Avenue
Hargreaves Road and others – Oswaldtwistle – full resurfacing of Hargreaves Road, Brookside View, Calico Close, Rushes Farm Close and New Bury Close
Kipling Place – Great Harwood, Rishton and Clayton-le-Moors – full resurfacing
Wyresdale Avenue – Heysham – full resurfacing from Kingsway to Bowland Road
Levens Drive – Morecambe Central – full resurfacing from house no.36 to Lordsome Road
Hampton Road – Morecambe Central – full resurfacing from the back of Granville Road to Westminster Road
Elmsdale Close – Skerton – full resurfacing
Moss Road – Heysham – full resurfacing from the cattle grid to the cattle grid prior to Downlands
Brunswick Street – Nelson East – full resurfacing from Bradshaw Street to Boston Street
Regent Street and others – Brierfield and Nelson West – full resurfacing of Rakes House Road/Regent Street 4-way roundabout; Regent Street between Cravendale Avenue and Whitewalls Drive’ Corporation Street from Regent Street to Burnley Road
Grafton Street – Nelson East – full resurfacing from Hallam Road to Glenfield Road
High Street – Pendle Central – full resurfacing from Windy Bank to Buck Street
Leamington Street – Nelson East – full resurfacing
Brunswick Street and others – Nelson East – surface dressing of Chapel House Road from mini roundabout at Brook Street to Halifax Road; Springfield Road from Halifax Road to St Paul’s Road; Ethersall Road from house no.26 to Langholme Street; St Paul’s Road from house no.2 to the junction with Ethersall Road; Langholme Street from Chapel House Road to Waidshouse Road; Rikard Road from Langholme Street to Beaufort Street; Beaufort Street from Chapel House Road to Waidshouse Road
Charles Street estate – Brierfield and Nelson West – surface dressing of Charles Street from Reedyford Road to Cravendale Avenue; Cravendale Avenue from house no.90 to Regent Street; Bevan Place from Cravendale Avenue to house no.22; Highfield Crescent: from house no.1 at Cravendale Avenue to house no.37 at Cravendale Avenue; Rakes House Road from Leeds Road to Regent Street roundabout and from Regent Street roundabout to Charles Street; Regent Street from Reedyford Road roundabout to Rakes House Road/Regent Street roundabout and from Rakeshouse Road/Regent Street
Venables Avenue estate – Pendle Rural and Pendle Central – surface dressing of Venables Avenue from Castle Road to Byron Road; Langdale Rise from Windermere Avenue to house no. 7 and from adjacent to house no. 2 to house no.12; Buttermere Avenue from Langdale Rise to the end; Coniston Grove from Windermere Avenue to the end; Hawes Drive from Coniston Grove to the end; Thirlmere Avenue from Coniston Grove to Venables Avenue; Derwent Close from Thirlmere Avenue to the end; Grasmere Close from Thirlmere Avenue to adjacent house no.2; Rydal Place from Grasmere Close to the end
Howgill Lane – Pendle Rural and Ribble Valley North East – full resurfacing from A682 Burnley Road to Coal Pit Lane
A5085, Blackpool Road – Preston South East, Preston East and Preston Central East – surface dressing between Garstang Road and Ribbleton Avenue
Midgery Lane – Preston Rural – full resurfacing from just beyond junction with D’Urton Lane to the Guild Wheel gate
B6241, Watling Street Road - footpath reconstruction along both sides between Eastway and Sir Tom Finney Way
Lowdnes Street - footway reconstruction along both sides Trafford Street and Eldon Street
Albion Street – Clitheroe – full resurfacing from York Street to just past house no.12, near the Tesco entrance
Barker Lane – Ribble Valley South West – full resurfacing from Barker Lane to the end
Hothersall Lane – Longridge with Bowland – full resurfacing from Hothersall Lane to Butcher Fold Farm
Higher Road – Longridge with Bowland – surface dressing from Forty Acre Lane to Stoney Gate Lane
Pendleton Road and Wiswell Shay – Ribble Valley North East – surface dressing of Pendleton Road from joining Wiswell Shay at the adjacent junction of Old Back Lane, through Wiswell Village to 30 metres before Wiswell Eaves Farm entrance; Wiswell Shay from the A671 Whalley Bypass onto Pendleton Road
Lomas Lane – Rossendale South – full resurfacing from Bury Road to Cherry Crescent
Gilbert Street and William Street – Rossendale South – full resurfacing of each
A675, Higher Walton Road – South Ribble East – full resurfacing between house no.241 and Barnflatt Close
A675, Higher Walton Road – South Ribble East – surface dressing between Kittling Bourne Brow and Chorley Road petrol station
Wheelton Lane – Moss Side & Farrington and Leyland Central – full resurfacing between Grasmere Avenue and Golden Hill Lane
Birch Avenue – Penwortham West – full resurfacing between Beechway and lighting column no.9
Ribble Road – Leyland South – full resurfacing between Welsby Road and Lower House Road, including the junction area on Welsby Road
Roads surrounding Shirley Lane – South Ribble West – full resurfacing of entire lengths of Lower Hey, Broadcroft and The Croft; Clifford Avenue between Shirley Lane and Seven Sands; parts of Hambelton Close, Arkholme Drive and Seven Sands
Shirley Lane estate – South Ribble West – surface dressing of entire lengths of Shirley Lane, West Square, Lanedale Avenue, Applesyke, Manorcroft and Grangefield. Surface dressing of Back Lane between house no.53 and Shirley Lane; Clifford Avenue between Seven Sands and Back Lane; Meadow Way between Back Lane and the end of the road; Orchard Lane between Meadow Way and the bollards; Tarndale between Back Lane and Meadow Way
Tanhouse Road – Skelmersdale Central full resurfacing of the roundabout and approaches
Martins Lane – Skelmersdale East – full resurfacing from house no.346 east to the car park area at the end
Gillibrands Road – Skelmersdale Central – full resurfacing from the junction to beyond the arrow markings
Back Lane – West Lancashire East – full resurfacing ,including 3-way junction near Forest View Holiday Park to the junction with Deans Lane
Hillock Lane – Burscough and Rufford – full resurfacing from Hall Road to the end
Beechfield – West Lancashire East – full resurfacing from Chorley Road to Chorley Road
Queens Green – West Lancashire West – full resurfacing from School Lane to the end
Linaker Drive – West Lancashire West full resurfacing from Carr Moss Lane to the end
Wheat Lane – West Lancashire East – full resurfacing from Carr Lane to the cobbled area at the canal bridge
Hillcrest Drive – Burscough and Rufford – full resurfacing
Hallowford Lane and Back Lane – West Lancashire East – surface dressing from Ring O’Bells Lane to Course Lane
Martin Lane, Merscar Lane and Gorst Lane – Burscough and Rufford – surface dressing of Merscar Lane from Drummersdale Lane to Martin Lane; Martin Lane from Merscar Lane to Gorst Lane; Gorst Lane from Martin Lane to New Lane
School Lane and Carr Lane – Burscough and Rufford & West Lancashire East – surface dressing from A59 Liverpool Road North to Ring O’Bells Lane
Dark Lane, Blythe Lane and Hobcross Lane – Ormskirk & West Lancashire East – surface dressing between B5240 Hall Lane and Greetby Hill Lane
A587, Rossall Road – Cleveleys East – full resurfacing from Manor Drive to house no.75 and from no.283 to Larkholme Parade
A587, Rossall Road/ Broadway – Cleveleys East; Fleetwood West & Cleveleys West and Fleetwood East – surface dressing from Rough Lea Road to Poulton Road
B5270, Lancaster Road – Wyre Rural Central – full resurfacing between St Oswald’s Church and The Bethall Reform Church
Mayfield Avenue estate – Cleveleys East – full resurfacing of Wigeon Close, Teal Close, Partridge Avenue, Picmere Close and Shore Green
Smithy Lane – Wyre Rural Central – two sections outside Beech House and Round House