£9m road resurfacing project begins in Reading
A major £9 million road resurfacing project is set to begin in Reading from Monday (October 4) that will improve main and residential roads across the borough.
Over the next six weeks, 42 sections of main road will be improved – resulting in road closures and no vehicle access or parking.
More than 120,000m2 of road surface across the borough will be improved during the programme of work, which is expected to cost more than £2 million.
Reading Borough Council says its aim is to “improve the quality of roads” for cyclists, drivers and public transport users.
The project is being funded equally by the council and the Department for Transport, as part of the Local Transport Plan.
Residential roads will also be improved
People living in Reading will also see improvements made to roads outside their houses, which is part of a £9m investment from the council over three years.
Some 150 residential roads will be resurfaced with micro-asphalt across 2021/22, along with a further 176 roads in 2022/23.
Up to 30 roads are set to be improved by the end of October, but work will pause after that, restarting in March 2022.
The council says that micro-asphalt is a “cost-effective” way of prolonging the life expectancy of the road, and has a low carbon footprint.
It adds that it will cause less disruption to people living in the area, as it is quick to apply compared to major road repairs which take longer.
No parking or vehicle access will be possible during work
The council says that roads will “need to be closed” from 8am to 5pm during works.
You will not be able to park on the road during that time, and vehicle access will not be possible.
They add that parked vehicles will be removed and will be liable for a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
Once work is complete, the treated roads are expected to be rough and gravelly for a few weeks while the material settles. This means roads will later be closed again “temporarily” while contractors check and paint the surface.
The council adds that people and businesses in the area will receive a letter in advance to notify them of the project dates.
Advance notice is expected to be given a week before work starts on the main roads.
Work will ‘inevitably’ result in some disruption
Councillor Tony Page, lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said that this is a “really positive step for Reading’s road users, be they cyclists, drivers or people taking public transport”.
“We know the quality of roads is an important issue for residents from the feedback we’ve received, which is why we’re taking on such an ambitious project and investing £9m to make widespread improvements across the borough,” he said.
He added that “alongside our pavement resurfacing project to benefit pedestrians, we’re doing everything we can to help ensure journeys around Reading are smoother than ever”.
“We thank residents for their patience whilst works take place, which will inevitably result in some disruption, and look forward to them being able to enjoy improved road surfaces,” said Cllr Page.
The council said it does not expect the fuel crisis to affect the project, but will continue to monitor the situation.
Which main roads will be resurfaced?
Reading Borough Council has provided a list of the main roads that are set to be resurfaced, but say the dates are to be confirmed:
- Coley Avenue (from Berkeley Avenue to Castle Hill)
- Eaton Place (full extent)
- Forbury Road (from King’s Road to Kenavon Drive – northbound only)
- George Street (full extent)
- IDR (from A329 southbound exit towards Castle Street)
- IDR (from A329 eastbound exit towards Bridge Street)
- Russell Street (from Castle Street to Tilehurst Road)
- Tilehurst Road (from Russell Street to Western Elms Avenue)
- Sidmouth Street (from London Road to Queen’s Road)
- Albert Road (full extent)
- Hemdean Road (from Oakley Rd to Sheridan Avenue)
- Peppard Road (from Kiln Road to Cavendish Road)
- St Anne’s Road (full extent)
- Woodcote Road (junction area with Highmoor Road)
- Elm Road (from Shinfield Road to borough boundary)
- Erleigh Road (Addington Road to Alexandra Road)
- Palmer Park Avenue (Wokingham Rd to borough boundary)
- Vicarage Road (full extent)
- Whiteknights Road (Eastern Avn to borough boundary)
- Wokingham Road (from Holmes Road to Melrose Avenue)
- Basingstoke Road (from Christchurch Road to Elgar Road South)
- Christchurch Gardens (full extent)
- Christchurch Road (from Basingstoke Road to Sutherlands Avenue)
- Pell Street (from Elgar Road to Sherman Road)
- Shinfield Road (from Whitley Wood Road to Elm Road)
- Whitley Street (from Southampton Street to Christchurch Rd Roundabout)
- Bath Road (from Burghfield Road to Hogarth Avenue)
- Bedford Road (from junction with Oxford Road to Chatham Street)
- Beresford Road (full extent)
- Berkeley Avenue (from Ashley Road to Esso Petrol Station)
- Kentwood Hill (full extent)
- Liebenrood Road (full extent)
- Little John’s Lane (from Portman Road to Loverock Road)
- Oxford Road (from Beresford Road to Russell Street)
- Oxford Road (from Shaftesbury Road to Gordon Place)
- Park Lane (from Chapel Hill to 50 metres west of Mayfair)
- Portman Road (from Bridgewater Close for 500 metres eastbound)
- Scours Lane (Oxford Road to Stadium Way)
- Southcote Road (full extent)
- Trafford Road (full extent)
- Upton Road (full extent)
- Water Road (from Tilehurst Road to Windrush Way)