Roads on track for a £16m refurbishment
Contractors have identified the most damaged areas across the county
Last week, Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for transport Mark Shaw v visited one of the daytime r road surfacing schemes w with his deputy, Paul Irwin, t to inspect the progress b being made with the p programme.
The one-and-a-half mile r rural stretch of Peters Lane, b between Princes R Risborough and Great H Hampden, is one of 29 ‘s ‘surface dressing’ schemes b being worked on this fi financial year by Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB), of which 20 have already been prepared ahead of final surfacing.
Contractors spent last week targeting the surface of badly damaged sections and patching them, and this week they have been resurfacing the whole road with two layers of dressing, before replacing white lines, at a total cost of £85,000.
Mr Shaw explained this method caught the road surface before it deteriorated too far, prolonged the life of the road and saved money on having to carry out major repairs later.
He added: “It’s important that we’re systematic in maintaining our roads, not only filling potholes or repairing the really poor surfaces, but also treating those where we can catch them before they fail. This makes the money go further and allows us to treat more roads.
“With our resurfacing programme we’re doing the best we can within the budget to keep our roads safe and secure for road users, and our aim is to get the best value for money on behalf of our residents.”
The Peters Lane resurfacing is one of more than 200 schemes covering 68 miles of road, long enough to stretch between the northern and southern tips of Buckinghamshire.
As well as the 29 ‘surface dressing’ schemes, TfB will fully resurface more than 30 badly damaged roads, and carry out seven footway improvement schemes.
The programme also includes more than 100 ‘micro-surfacing’ schemes to preserve and protect roads, and around 50 ‘plane and patch’ projects to replace large areas of worn surface.
On track: Councillor Mark Shaw