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Improving our roads: Resurfacing and repairs well underway

Routine maintenance – and work to fix many of the potholes on Wirral’s 1,100km road network – is well underway and improving the quality of our highways.

As reported in June’s Wirral View, Wirral has been given around £2.5 million from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to carry out a structured programme of maintenance across the borough’s roads in 2018-19. A further £563,000 is being spent in Wirral to tackle the bumpy issue of potholes.

Since the funding was received in April, 2.7km of road has already been resurfaced as part of the maintenance programme.

Hot-rolled-asphalt (HRA) is used in a number of locations identified in the planned maintenance programme. HRA is the highest specification material we use for the job. It provides a long-term solution, giving roads a lifecycle of 20 years or more.

A further £1.3m of investment, over more than 90 locations around the borough, is scheduled before September 2018, employing a range of specialist resurfacing processes, including HRA.

Alongside the planned works, a programme of reactive maintenance – mainly to address potholes – is taking place. In Wirral, with a set budget in place, work has to be prioritised according to risk to public safety; a dangerous pothole is considered to be one which is 40mm or more in depth, extending over an area in any one direction of 300mm and with sharp edges.

The reactive work also uses a number of different techniques to repair potholes, but also prevent them occurring again.

These works have either already started or will begin in the coming weeks and by the end of October, around 75% of the budget will have been spent on repairs, with the remainder being spent by March 2019.

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