Stoke-on-Trent City Council have today announced a multi-million pound investment for the roads around the city.
A total of £10.7m is going to be spent on road networks this financial year, with a further £3.4m in the pipeline for the future.
The work which will begin this week, includes £6.57m in road and pavement maintenance, fixing potholes and carrying out preventative structural works on roads and footpaths.
A further £4.16m will be spent on re-allocating bus lanes, upgrading traffic signals, roadside messaging for motorists and extending red routes to stop the cluttering of parked cars on main roads.
The council have confirmed that 26 key roads in the city will have major repairs, with the most serious defects being tackled first.
Roads that are due to be fixed first are:
- Anchor Road, Longton – Resurfacing around two-thirds of the road, including under the bridge which is particularly uneven.
- Victoria Road, Fenton – Resurfacing large areas of the road, including the stretch near to Bargain Booze and United Carpets.
- Snow Hill, Shelton – Carrying out extensive repairs to the roundabout.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “I’m a motorist and I know people are having to put up with appalling road conditions brought on by the winter.
“We’ve been working to tackle the issue and here in Stoke-on-Trent we are committed to doing something about it.
“We have listened to motorists, residents and business. We have heard their concerns and are grateful for the time people are taking to report potholes.
“We have detailed plans to carry out thorough and rapid repairs, starting with those routes that are used most frequently in the city. This investment is good news for road users.”
In the last 12 months, crews have worked to carry out over 40 miles of preventative structural repairs, extending the life of city roads by 25 years.
As part of the investment, double the amount of preventative work is planned for the year ahead, with 88 miles of roads and footpaths programmed in to be treated.
City Council leader Dave Conway, said: “If you travel anywhere in the country right now you’ll find roads littered with potholes. It’s a problem all road users are facing.
“The Government has given some money to councils to help them tackle the issue. But we have taken matters into our own hands. We are going to tackle this issue head on.
“Carrying out the repairs will mean some disruption for road users and we ask for patience while this work is completed.”
Residents are encouraged to continue reporting potholes via www.stoke.gov.uk, where you can also sign-up to email alerts to find out which roads being worked on.