Pothole problems to be tackled by council with £1 million fund
MORE than £1 million has been set aside to tackle potholes on Northumberland’s roads.
It forms part of a £15 million highways maintenance programme planned by Northumberland County Council in 2013/14.
The draft Local Transport Plan will go before the council’s north area committee on Monday for its approval.
Margaret Robinson, the council’s policy and programme manager, said: “More than 323 miles of the county’s roads are in need of major repair work which would cost in the region of £80 million.
“Whilst the majority of the road maintenance programme is aimed at addressing the structural decline of roads, provision has also been made for safety fencing renewal, landslips, drainage problems, footway repairs and public rights of way maintenance.
“A specific allocation of £1.15 million has been included in the highway maintenance programme for the structural refurbishment of carriageways in order to reduce the future incidence of potholes on Northumberland’s roads.”
Principal road schemes planned for the coming year include £220,000 for resurfacing of the A6105 Duns Road and £250,000 for strengthening works on the A697 Lilburn Glebe, near Wooler.
Non-principal roads schemes include £60,000 for resurfacing of Dean Drive in Tweedmouth and the C1 from Norham East Mains to the A698 junction.
Surface treatment works are also planned at Heatherslaw, Duddo, Morris Hall and between Wark and Carham.
A £280,000 bridge maintenance scheme at Westnewton is included in the plans but the council has indicated that masonry repairs on Berwick’s Old Bridge will have to wait until the following year. An £85,000 scheme to tackle erosion problems on the C44 at Lilburn is also included.
Path improvements to the Flodden monument are included, as are works to reopen a path at Askew Crescent in Tweedmouth.
Funding of £450,000 for a new platform at Belford station is included in the integrated transport programme, along with £120,000 for improvements for pedestrians and cyclists in town centres including Berwick.
A further £20,000 is allocated for improved road markings between the A1 and Seahouses and there is £10,000 for a potential residents’ parking permit scheme on Holy Island.
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