An additional £5 million will be spent on improving Bolton’s roads and footpaths.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Nick Peel, approved a report this week (Monday, January 28) giving the green light for the investment to start.
Like other towns and cities across the country, Bolton’s road network and pavements have deteriorated due to a reduction in government grants and consecutive cold winters.
Snow and freezing conditions have resulted in a significant increase in the number of potholes and general deterioration of roads.
The extra money will now be used to target the worst of the deterioration with particular emphasis on unclassified and busy local roads. The schemes have been selected based on engineering surveys and the funds will be spent over two years, from 2013 to 2015.
A total of 14 key roads across the borough will be resurfaced, financed through £2.4 million of the funding.
And £1.2 million will be spent on preventing further deterioration and restoring the skid resistance of 19 road surfaces by sealing them with one or more layers of bitumen and hard stone chippings.
Thousands of potholes on other roads across the borough will be repaired with £400K of the funding.
Key footpaths across the borough will be resurfaced with £850K investment and £150K will be used on repairing footpaths to help extend their life.
The £5 million is from a pot of £14 million capital cash set aside for boosting the borough, which councillors announced last September. Due to government restrictions the funding cannot be used to offset government spending cuts and has to be used on one-off schemes.
Councillor Nick Peel said: “We are doing everything we can to improve our roads and footpaths under extremely difficult financial circumstances.
“This is investment that is clearly needed and while the money does not by any means tackle all the work we would like to do, it does help us to tackle some of the backlog we have.
“We’ve chosen roads and footpaths based on engineering surveys, and this extra funding will help to target the worst of the deterioration on some of our busy local roads. This extra funding follows on from the £6 million that we have invested in our road network in the last three years.”