North Ayrshire road maintenance plans for next year revealed
Roadworks taking place over the next year in North Ayrshire have been revealed.
The area’s roads face a whopping maintenance work backlog of £31.6million. And the council needs to spend £3.8million per year to keep them in their present condition.
A third of all the council’s roads should be considered for maintenance, according to a report.
Councillors approved where roadworks will take place in the upcoming year from April 2019 to 2020 at a cabinet meeting this week.
Officials say they are pouring cash into routes offering the biggest return on investment.
Councillor John Bell asked whether the council could use plastic for road surfaces.
Speaking at the cabinet meeting, he said: “Have you done any work in looking at it? Is there scientific evidence that it would be better?”
But council official Campbell Dempster said the longterm impact of using plastic is unclear.
Team manager Mr Dempster said: “The use of plastic in asphalt is a new concept. It is early
days for using plastic on our roads.”
Roads on Arran and Cumbrae are suffering under the weight of more traffic, the meeting heard.
Cheaper ferry fares introduced by the Government mean more people are heading to the islands with their cars.
The introduction of the Road Equivalent Tarriff, which sets boat prices according to the cost of travelling by road has caused a surge in visitors.
The report to cabinet said: “The increase in traffic volumes following the introduction of Road Equivalent Tariff is having an effect on the condition on our road network on Arran and Cumbrae.”
But Councillor Alex Gallagher said Largs has also been impacted.
Among the roads getting resurfacing work are:
- B7081 Annick Road in Irvine at west of pedestrian crossing to East Road at a cost of £76,000;
- Part of the B730 in Drybridge at a cost of £60,000.
- The full lengths of McGavin Avenue and Queen Street in Kilwinning at a cost of £41,000.
- Castlepark Circle in Irvine between Morar Place and Maree Place and at the junction of Lomond
Place at a cost of £92,000.
- Hayocks Road in Stevenston. The exact location is at Castlehill Road to near number 121 Hayocks Road costing £78,000.
- Hyslop Road in Stevenston. The exact location is at Hayocks Road to number 19 Hyslop Road at a cost of £27,000.
- A736 in Garnock Valley at Nethergree to Lugtonridge at a cost of £196,000.
- B714 in Saltcoats at Fleming Terrace to north of roundabout at a cost of £130,000.