Work could soon get underway to revamp some of the county’s worst residential roads with Lancashire County Council’s cabinet to consider a £3m resurfacing programme.
The cabinet agreed in August to commit the extra funding for resurfacing as part of a £5.6m programme which will also improve pothole repairs, drain cleaning, grass cutting and maintenance of roadside verges and planted beds.
A report to the cabinet meeting on Thursday 14 September sets out the plans for the increased investment, which if approved will see work get underway within weeks.
County Councillor Andrew Snowden, lead member for highways and transport, said: “This is an important boost in the resources available to tackle the deteriorating state of numerous residential roads across the county. I know the increase in potholes and other road defects is a real concern for many residents and we are determined to address this problem.
“To ensure we get the best impact through the £3 million residential road resurfacing programme we have undertaken a survey of the most ‘in need of repair’ roads and have created an initial list of 44 schemes to be undertaken.
“There will also be a £1million fund for reactive pothole repairs and a further £1million to allow operatives to repair any other potholes they may find in their zone of work on site, to address the situation of one pothole being fixed and another being left.
“The increase in funds will also address the problems of the overgrown weeds on our streets through more regular treatments and also deal with residents’ concerns around potential surface water flooding from blocked drains, through a more regular clearing programme for both drains and culverted water courses.”