New road repair plan revealed
Over £4.6 million is being invested to repair and look after around 107km of the district’s roads and footpaths in 2015/16.
The work is part of Wakefield Council’s annual resurfacing programme, which prioritises work in order to deal with immediate issues as well as managing the long-term future of the district’s roads.
The 2015/16 programme focuses on maintaining safety and reducing the rate at which the highway deteriorates, as well as reconstructing the roads and footpaths.
Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Highways said: “We know how important the road network is to people and so we have ensured that we continue to invest as much as we can.
“Although we do not have the massive funds needed to deal with every road issue, this year’s investment will enable us to focus our work on safety and prolonging the life of the roads as much as possible.
“To do this within budget means we have to prioritise what we do and ensure the maintenance method we use gives the best value for money.
“We know that some people may be disappointed if the programme does not include a road that they believe needs attention. But we have to look at the district-wide picture which covers around 5000 streets, which is about 1,500km.
“Our engineers thoroughly assess and evaluate all highway issues so we can focus our work and limited budget on the roads which are most in need.”
Any roads that do not feature in this year’s programme will be continuously monitored to ensure the safety defects are repaired as quickly as possible.
The full schedule is available at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/highway-maintenance/highways-structural-maintenance-programme