Funds to fix shifting moss roads
MOSS roads in West Lancashire will undergo long awaited repairs thanks to funding of more than half a million pounds.
Lancashire County Council has committed the money to fixing the rural roads as part of a £15.9m package of improvements with funds from the Department for Transport.
The majority of that money, which will come from the DfT’s Infrastructure Investment Fund, will be used maintain the A601(M) motorway link near Carnforth, including refurbishing three bridges and removing one to be replaced by a ground level junction.
The rest will be split between repairing storm-damaged roads, fixing the moss roads, and carrying on essential maintenance to traffic lights, streetlights and drainage systems.
In total, £547,000 will be used to improve the moss roads, which present a particular maintenance challenge as the peat they are built upon is prone to drying out in summer months, affecting the foundations of the road, which can then deteriorate further when moisture penetrates any cracks and freezes during the winter.
The roads being repaired are: Moss Lane (Hesketh Bank) from Taylor’s Meanygate to number 163; Gravel Lane (Mere Brow) from the A565 to Parker’s Brewery; Green Lane (Mere Brow); and Segars Lane (Halsall).
Funding to repair Taylors Meanygate, Gorse Lane (Tarleton) and New Lane Pace (Banks) has previously been approved to take place in the next 12 months.
County Cllr Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I’m very pleased that the strong evidence we have presented for the need for extra investment in these transport priorities has been recognised with the award of this significant extra funding.”
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