Funding injection for roads

SP91013 Cavendish Road
SP91013 Cavendish Road

HIGHWAYS chiefs and residents have welcomed a multi-million pound cash injection to fix the county’s roads – left ravaged by extreme winter weather.

The £3.6m Government grant, allocated to Derbyshire County Council, will help improve roads worst hit by last year’s record-breaking low temperatures and heavy snowfall.

Work will range from resurfacing – digging up the worst affected roads and using new materials to replace them – to patching, which is used to fix smaller areas of less serious damage.

Council chiefs said the money, funding around 70 repair projects, is in addition to millions of pounds worth of cash set aside to tackle potholes, safety schemes and road repairs.

Most projects will be completed by the end of next March with some improvements being planned later in 2012.

They vary in cost from £150,000 to resurface Snake Pass to £3,000 to fix problems on Mill Lane in Holloway.

In Chesterfield, a total of £120,000 will be spent on resurfacing damaged Cavendish Street and Redvers Bullers Road.

Cllr Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re committed to improving local roads – and this extra cash is most welcome.

“We know it won’t address all of the problems caused by extreme winter weather – but it means we can carry out longer lasting repairs on some of the worst-hit roads instead of just a quick fix,” he added.

The funding is from the Department for Transport which has distributed cash, totalling £200m, to all local highway authorities across England.

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook, Helen Dale Marriott said the funding was “very important”.

Mel Bacon commented: “About blooming time!”

And Helen Howard added: “There’s a humongous crater just outside the loos in the Market Hall. I nearly lost my friend when her wheelchair wheel hit it. Diabolical!”

To report a problem on a local road log on to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/reportit or email details to call.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk or Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 or 01629 533190.

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