Rossendale Free Press

Your chance to have a say on road works


ROADS chiefs are inviting Valley residents to give feedback on their highways service via an online survey.

Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) highways team say they have made “marked improvemen­ts” in the service this year, as well as reducing the impact of their work on the environmen­t.

Since January 1, 2021, LCC say their highways service has:

Fixed almost 45,000 potholes, a 12.5pc increase on the same period last year.

Installed 4,000 new Salix LED lanterns on streetligh­ts. These will help the county council to reduce its energy consumptio­n by £180,000 a year and CO2 by 25pc on the previous year.

Repaired more than 3,000 faults on street lights that have caused a light to be out.

Saved approximat­ely 4,450t of CO2 by switching to the use of warm mix asphalt, which equates to

over 1,027,670,263 miles driven by an average family car

County Coun Charlie Edwards, cabinet member for highways, said: “I’d like to thank the team for working so hard this year in delivering an excellent service to our residents, and don’t forget that they will still be out maintainin­g our roads over the festive period so that we can all travel safely.

“We have been supplement­ing our existing repair techniques to fix potholes with new, innovative methods and this year we have been trialling overbandin­g, which uses preformed tape over the edges of pothole repairs.

“A gas torch is used to heat the tape and this creates a strong, skidresist­ant waterproof seal. This technique has been proven to provide longer lasting pothole repairs so we will be rolling this out throughout the county next year.

“We are also continuing to reduce our carbon footprint across our work, including converting to LED street lighting and recycling material that would once have gone to waste while improving road surfaces.

“We are always keen to get feedback on our service to improve even further, so if you haven’t done so yet, please complete our online highways survey and let us know what you think before the end of February.”

The council is asking as many people as possible to complete an online highways survey to rate the county’s roads. The national highways survey results are used to help plan and prioritise future work. Find out more about how the team are working hard to improve Lancashire’s roads and complete the survey at roads

 ?? ?? ●County Coun Charlie Edwards
●County Coun Charlie Edwards

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