Better roads for South Gloucestershire drivers

Posted on Saturday 14th August 2010 at 6:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Huge improvements are being made to the local highway network, thanks to major investment by South Gloucestershire Council.

More than 50 miles of road were resurfaced last year – or the equivalent of travelling from Thornbury to Worcester – and plans are in place to resurface a further 35 miles this year.

Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said: Cllr Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said: “As a council we were determined to respond quickly and decisively to the problems that were caused to our roads following the harshest winter for many years.

“We directed extra resources to repair and patch potholes and this year’s much larger resurfacing programme is continuing at pace, following our decision over a year ago to more than double the resurfacing budget.

“Having dealt with the immediate pothole problem we are doing more work than ever, concentrating efforts on resurfacing roads.Our teams are continuing to work flat out to repair and improve the district’s highways and we hope residents are starting to notice these improvements which are an investment for the future of our highway network.”

The council has invested an extra £2 million this year to improve the maintenance of roads, pavements and drainage in the district and more than 150 roads have already received a ‘facelift’ with many more to come. In the coming weeks the following streets will be resurfaced: the A46 Bath Road; Brittania Road, Patchway; Avon Way, Thornbury; Hatters Lane, Chipping Sodbury; Court Road, Kingswood; New Road, Stoke Gifford; Church Road, Yate and Greenbank Road Hanham. Many more streets that have been selected through our prioritisation process will follow.

Additional investment and resource was also put into tackling potholes, resulting from the severe weather at the start of the year. Due to the harsh winter, the number of potholes doubled on the district’s roads. However, by increasing the number of staff dedicated to tackling potholes by more than 50 per cent, more than 7,000 potholes have been repaired.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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