County Council to spend £100m improving roads

Published on: Monday, 15th April 2019

Derbyshire County Council is set to spend £100 million over the next five years improving the county’s roads.

The council has earmarked the cash to be spent on fixing potholes, resurfacing and surface dressing roads and pavements, repairing retaining walls, fixing drains, upgrading bridges and replacing worn-out traffic lights and lamp posts.

This week, (Thursday 18 April) councillors will be asked to approve the money – given to the council in the form of Government grants - to be spent between now and 2024.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Keeping Derbyshire moving by making sure the county’s roads remain in a good and safe condition remains a top priority for us.

“Because of new systems we now also have the most comprehensive information about the current condition of our road-related infrastructure meaning we can look ahead and take a more planned approach to fixing and improving our highways.”

Next year the council is set to spend around £23m, resurfacing and surface dressing stretches of some of the county’s main roads.  Around 40 more minor ‘B’ roads and 30 pavements countywide are also earmarked to be resurfaced or surface dressed.

Junction improvements, improved signage and extra anti-skid surfaces, have also been identified to improve road safety at various locations around the county.

Part of the £23m - £2.7m – is also being set aside for four major road schemes.  These include a spend of £550,000 to roll out electronic bus stop signs in Erewash and the Amber Valley.

The remaining funding is set to be split over the following four years. Specific improvements have yet to be identified but are likely to include resurfacing and surface dressing local roads and pavements and tackling issues with bridges and retaining walls.

Potholes and other road defects can be reported at derbyshire.gov.uk/doitnow.

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