A multi-million pound programme to improve the quality of Herefordshire’s roads is notching up some major milestones at the end of its first year.
To date nearly 38,000 potholes have been repaired and 130 miles of roads have been resurfaced in one of the biggest investment programmes ever seen in the county.
Dr Alasdair MacDonald from Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP), Herefordshire Council’s public realm contractor, said that they were doing a lot more road repairs locally than the national average.
“The investment in resurfacing works, which is the treatment which has the largest and most long-term impact on the condition of the roads, has been 20 times the national average.”
Over the last year surface dressing maintenance works have been carried out on seven per cent, or 134 miles, of the county’s B, C and U roads, more than twice the national average. Nearly 120,000 tonnes of tarmac has been used in patch repairs.
BBLP is now gearing up to deliver more repairs focusing on C and U roads and at the end of the second year plans to have repaired more than 67,000 potholes, surface dressed nearly 100 miles and resurfaced nearly 30 miles of local roads.
In addition, this year a £2.5 million phased programme of improvements works will get underway in High Town, Hereford.
Herefordshire Council is investing an additional £40 million over two years on top of its regular maintenance funding. The council also won bids totalling £6 million from the Government’s severe weather and pothole funds.
Road repairs industry organisation, the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA), encourages the sector to adopt a long term approach. In a recent HTMA report, ‘Invest to Save’, Hereford’s roads were valued at £2.6 billion and estimated savings generated by the investment programme over the 34-year life of the road repairs was put at £45 million.