Roads and paths to be re­paired


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By DA­MON WILKINSON da­ @Da­monWilkin­son6

AL­MOST 1,000 roads and pave­ments in Rochdale are to be re­paired in a mas­sive blitz on pot­holes.

Town hall bosses have signed off on a huge £12m scheme to im­prove the bor­ough’s streets.

Work is due to start in Septem­ber and is ex­pected to take about two and a half years to com­plete.

A to­tal of 955 roads, 48 miles long will be re­paired.

The bumper cash in­jec­tion was agreed by the coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary and a list of roads was then drawn up us­ing con­di­tion and ac­ci­dent data, be­fore be­ing given the fi­nal sign-off by coun­cil­lors.

Speak­ing in Fe­bru­ary coun­cil chiefs said the aim was to make Rochdale’s roads ‘the best in Greater Manch­ester.’ Util­ity com­pa­nies such as gas, elec­tric­ity and wa­ter providers will also be barred from dig­ging up newly-re­paired roads un­less they are car­ry­ing out emer­gency work.

Some £2m of the £12m fund will be spent on foot­paths.

Coun­cil leader Allen Brett said: “The state of the roads is a se­ri­ous con­cern for many of our res­i­dents and some­thing they have to deal with ev­ery day.

“This huge ad­di­tional in­vest­ment will al­low us to carry out a se­ries of re­pairs, from fix­ing pot­holes to full scale resur­fac­ing and other long-term re­pairs, on 955 roads, to get them in good con­di­tion for years to come.”

The work will be car­ried out in ad­di­tion to the coun­cil’s stan­dard an­nual re­pair pro­gramme, which will see £1.2m spent on re­pairs across al­most 15 miles of roads.

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