Plymouth City Council has approved a £3.4 million investment to include structural road repairs within the work programme for the Derriford Transport Scheme.
While traffic management is in place along Tavistock Road, the Council has taken the opportunity to carry out detailed condition surveys that would normally require special lane or road closures.
These surveys, which included drilling bore holes to take samples, have revealed that the sub-surface of the road is in worse condition than was previously suggested during routine inspections.
To avoid causing further disruption in the future the Council will be taking advantage of the manpower and equipment already in place and carrying out repairs to the road structure alongside the Derriford Transport Scheme works.
Repairs will be carried out between Budshead Road and Plymbridge Road and will get under way in the summer.
The Council has submitted a bid for £2.7 million towards the works through the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Improvement Fund but has approved funding for the works to go ahead pending the decision.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Planning said: “We have the opportunity here to make sure that Tavistock Road is restored to prime structural condition and avoid the additional disruption and cost that future works would create as this additional work will be accommodated within the current programme, alleviating future delays.
“Core sampling and other detailed road condition surveys are disruptive so we often take the opportunity to carry these out while traffic management is in place for other works.
“Now that we know the sub-surface isn’t in the best condition it makes sense for us to also carry out the repairs while the current works are ongoing – meaning we maximise efficiency and minimise the impact on the travelling public.”