Roads on track for a £16m re­fur­bish­ment

Con­trac­tors have iden­ti­fied the most dam­aged ar­eas across the county

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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

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