Essex Highways reveals latest road resurfacing locations
If you want to see where Essex Highways will be resurfacing roads this year, all the information is now available online.
More engineers will be out working on the county’s roads now the Spring is here and daylight hours are increasing, as the 2018/19 capital surfacing programme gets under way.
This year Essex County Council will invest £50 million in a variety of works designed to improve the condition of selected roads, pavements and bridges, which will extend their life, make journeys safer and inspire economic growth.
Residents can find out what work is happening near them by using an interactive map on the Essex Highways website.
The major investment is a key part of Essex County Council’s strategic ambition to improve roads to ensure journeys are safe and reliable for everyone.
Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Ian Grundy said: “I’m always pleased when the Spring arrives and we begin to see our investment decisions turning into a reality with resurfacing works starting across the county.
“Road users are reaping the rewards of our long-term investment as the latest data from the Department for Transport shows our roads have improved.
“Just two per cent of the county’s A roads now require maintenance, compared to six per cent eight years ago, while the number of B and C roads needing work stands at two per cent, down from eight per cent in the same period.”
Cllr Grundy added: “We know we have more work to do on potholes, which have multiplied because of the recent snow and very harsh winter weather.
“But our surfacing programme, combined with an extra £3 million investment for pothole repairs, should see considerable improvement over the coming months.
“I would just ask that road users be as patient as possible while we undertake this essential work.”
The capital programme covers identified stretches of road and will eradicate existing potholes along the treated lengths.
The surfacing will include a mix of treatments, including full resurfacing or surface dressing, according to the needs of the particular location and type of road.