Work is starting on the first two major schemes to benefit from a £2 million boost to improve Bolton’s roads.
Like other towns and cities across the country, Bolton’s roads were affected by the harsh freezing weather and heavy snow last winter.
And Bolton Council is investing the extra funds to tackle the significant increase in the number of potholes and general deterioration caused by the severe weather.
Key main routes and key residential roads in locations across the borough will undergo major resurfacing, financed through £1.1 million of the funding.
One major road which will see improvements is Moss Bank Way, between Old Kiln Lane and the Chorley Old Road roundabout.
The first phase involves drainage and kerbing work, which started yesterday. This work will take approximately four weeks. During this time this section of Moss Bank Way will be reduced to a single lane in each direction.
Resurfacing work will then take place for a fortnight at the end of June. Moss Bank Way, between Old Kiln Lane and Chorley Old Road roundabout, will be closed for traffic travelling in the clockwise direction as the road is not wide enough for traffic to pass the resurfacing works safely. Signed diversions will be in place.
The final phase of works involves resurfacing Chorley Old Road roundabout over four consecutive Sundays (June 26, July 3, July 10 and July 17). The Chorley Old Road approaches to the roundabout will be closed.
St George’s Road is another major route to see improvements. Work takes place between June and August in three phases.
The first phase involves the resurfacing the junction of St George’s Road, Marsden Road and Topp Way. Work will take place on each Sunday in June. Marsden Road will be closed to all traffic and St George’s Road will be closed between its junctions with Topp Way and Duke Street.
The second stage is to resurface the Chorley New Road and Chorley Old Road junction. Work will take place on each Sunday in July; Chorley Street will be closed to traffic at its junction with St George’s Road.
The final phase of the work will involve resurfacing St Georges Road between Chorley New Road and Topp Way Junctions, in early August for approximately two weeks. All diversions will be signposted.
For further information contact the council’s customer helpline on 01204 336677.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “The roads that we’ve chosen are based on engineering surveys and include bus routes, gritting routes or busy local roads.
“The extra money will help improve our roads and we’ll endeavour to carry out works during off-peak hours but we’d ask everyone to be patient while work takes place.”
The two major road schemes will be financed through £1.1 million of the funding and work on other resurfacing schemes will also be programmed in over the next 12 months.
Another £700,000 will be spent on structural patching to roads around the borough. This involves replacing small areas of the road surface. And £200,000 will go towards repairing thousands of potholes on other roads across the borough. This work will also take place over the next 12 months.