Work starting on improving roads 

26/02/10

Work will start on the first two schemes to benefit from the £3m boost to improve Bolton’s roads.

Like other towns and cities across the country, Bolton’s roads have been affected by the coldest weather snap in the last 30 years.

Bolton Council’s Executive agreed to spend an extra £3m on Feb 1 to tackle the significant increase in the number of potholes and general deterioration caused by the severe weather.

Approval was granted last week on how to spend the money, based on data inspection and condition surveys.

Key main routes and key residential roads in locations across the borough will undergo major resurfacing, financed through £1.8m of the funding. All the roads are on the bus network and gritting routes.

So far start dates for five schemes have been identified and work on the first two, Wigan Road and Bradford Road, begins on Monday (March 1)

They will be followed by Scot Lane on March 8, Minerva Road on March 29 and Highfield Road on May 3.

Another £1m 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.

Works on all these schemes will be programmed in over the next 12 months.

Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “The extra money will help improve our roads. We’ll be using a hard-wearing road surfacing material which should last for many years. The roads that we’ve chosen are based on engineering surveys and all of the ones we will resurface are on bus routes, gritting routes or busy local roads. For instance Wigan Road is a key route into Bolton and Minerva Road works will be near the hospital.”

He added: “We’ll endeavour to carry out works during off-peak hours but we’d ask everyone to be patient while work takes place.”

Residents and businesses will be notified about the schemes in their local area and if possible motorists are advised to find alternative routes.

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