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Improving Flintshires roads

Published: 21/08/2015

Flintshire County Council will shortly start work on a number of improvements which will help maintain the condition of the highway network, which was assessed as the best maintained in Wales in 2014. This year’s programmes, which together are valued at approximately £1m, will see improvements to a further 30 roads or sections of road across the county. They will include the following: · A highway resurfacing programme on roads which require extensive repairs · A highway surface dressing programme, preceded by extensive patching, which is intended to improve mainly rural roads. · A highway patching programme which will provide a permanent repair to those roads which do not require a full resurfacing treatment. · A footway slurry seal programme which will further improve the condition of the Councils urban footways Welsh Government Prudential Borrowing funding for highway maintenance ended in March and all of these programmes are being funded from the Councils own Highway maintenance budget. The programmes have been developed following an inspection to assess the condition of every road in the County by staff from the Streetscene service. These inspections have ensured that the roads in most need of repair receive the attention they require. As in previous years, during the period of the work, temporary road closure orders and diversions will be required for the safety of both the contractors carrying out the work and for road users. Advanced signs will be placed at each location, informing people when the works are due to start and the Council would appreciate the patience of the travelling public and local residents during the period of the work. Details of all the programmes will be available on the Council’s website in the coming weeks. All the programmes are scheduled to start in September and will be completed by Christmas. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Despite Welsh Governments decision not to extend the Prudential Borrowing Initiative, which was provided to improve the highway network, and the current financial restraints on the Council, we are pleased to able to make this investment in the roads of Flintshire which demonstrates the importance of a well maintained highway network to this Council.’’