Major road resurfacing programme to get underway

A major 12-week programme of road resurfacing and reconstruction is due to get under way in Plymouth on Monday 23 June.

The programme, which will run through to September, will see 37 whole roads and larger sections of road across the city resurfaced. These roads were already identified through the Council’s regular inspections as requiring repair and have also suffered further damage during one of the wettest winters on record.

As well as resurfacing, the works will include structural reconstruction in the worst affected areas and they will be carried out alongside an improved day-to-day road maintenance programme.

Roads are selected for repair based on the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme, which is aimed at providing best value for money by delivering efficiency savings of 30 per cent by 2020.

In support of this new approach there are now 10 gangs carrying out permanent first-time repairs to individual potholes, including two operating at night on busier roads that cannot be closed to traffic during the day.

Plymouth City Council’s highways contractor Amey will begin the resurfacing programme on Glendower Road in Peverell. The June phase will see 8,086 square metres of resurfacing done on five of the 37 roads.

These works follow on from a five-month programme in 2013 that saw 32 whole roads or large sections of road resurfaced with 142,000 square metres of tarmac – the equivalent of 14 football pitches.

Two other surface treatment programmes will start this summer in parallel with the resurfacing works – preventative micro-asphalting on roads showing the first signs of deterioration, as well as large-scale patching to areas requiring special attention. This follows micro-asphalting on 13 roads last year.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “The Council is continuing its investment in the city’s roads as it’s a major priority for the people of Plymouth. We’ve worked hard to make extra resources available to our contractors Amey and this is the second year we’ll be spending an extra £2 million on road repairs, as part of our commitment in 2013 to spend an additional £20 million over 10 years.

“The Government gave us £1.57 million to help tackle the severe winter damage to Plymouth’s road network this winter after having cut out our overall budget by £64.5 million over the next three years. We are bidding for further funding from the extra £168 million being made available by the DfT nationally. However we are still struggling to keep up with the demand for maintenance and need significantly increased and consistent funding to invest in the widespread resurfacing projects the city needs.

“In the meantime we’re doing all we can to repair as many problem areas as possible.”

Local residents and businesses near the works are being notified in advance by letter and, where road closures are required, diversion routes will be signed. Access to properties will be maintained when and where possible.

Each month we will report the works completed and the roads next being resurfaced on our road resurfacing works page.