Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy & Resources Committee have approved an additional £2m investment in the Aberdeenshire roads, after the particularly harsh winter of 2012 left the network under increased strain.
The £2m is to be invested in the roads network over the next 2 years on top of the £11m annual spend on planned maintenance of the roads. Aberdeenshire has over 3,550 miles of roads, 1,327 road bridges, over 44,000 street lights and illuminated signs and almost 900 miles of footways.
The programme of planned maintenance work focuses, wherever possible, on early intervention – tackling issues before they become major problems. The bulk of the works will involve improving the surface of roads by surface dressing or replacing the surface layer. The adverse weather has resulted in more damage to roads, and the increased need to repair potholes and other defects also has to be addressed.
Aberdeenshire Council consistently rank as one of the top Scottish councils in the annual road condition surveys.
Cllr Jim Gifford, Chair of Policy and Resources Committee explained
Our roads are of key importance to our residents and businesses. Despite having some of the best road conditions in Scotland, our residents regularly tell us we need to invest more money in improving them. We have listened and responded today by committing a further £2 million over the next two years in our roads.
Cllr Karen Clark added
Today’s announcement is to be welcomed. Our roads teams do an excellent job in keeping our network working effectively and this additional investment will deliver a planned programme of additional works over the next two years.
The additional funding will be spread over the next two years, with a rolling programme of repairs and maintenance to roads and bridges. Much of the work will be structural maintenance which will be planned in advance to take into account weather conditions, and the impact on the travelling public.
Members of the public can use the Fix My Street website to report potholes and other road issues to the council.