Road repair plans outlined by council
Northumberland County Council has detailed the extensive repair programme, worth almost Â£15million, it is undertaking to repair the vast amount of damage inflicted on the county's highway network by record-breaking wet weather last winter.
The programme includes microsurfacing of Prior Road in Tweedmouth and East Ord, resurfacing of Front Street and Links Road in Bamburgh, and road repairs at St Aidans in Seahouses.
The programme is being funded by the Government’s Department of Transport (DfT), which allocated £14.6million towards repair costs in the region after the county council submitted a bid for £24.3million.
This funding is in addition to the £1.1million already assigned to the council towards pothole repair costs over the current financial year.
Northumberland suffered significant damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure following the violent weather which hit the region in December and January – leaving a repair bill in excess of £24million. Many severe flood alerts were issued across the region, with some places reported to have received almost an average month’s rainfall in just one day.
Sub-zero temperatures that followed in February exacerbated the situation, resulting in potholes when the saturated road surfaces began to freeze, weaken and break up. This led to severe deterioration.
The large number of affected sites has now been assessed in great detail, and a list of scheduled projects produced, with schemes prioritised based on the current issue and their implications on the network together with the impacts of delaying repairs.
Cllr Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “Last winter’s flooding has had a devastating effect on Northumberland’s road network, causing disruption to residents and businesses and while it is disappointing that we were unsuccessful in obtaining our total bid, I would like to thank the Department for Transport for a significant funding contribution which has enabled us to implement this intensive programme of repair work.”