More than 200 roads and pavements are set to undergo improvement works in the coming months as part of the council’s annual Highways Structural Maintenance Programme.
The works are part of a £5.8 million pound investment in the roads network made possible by grant funding received through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
A further £250,000 has been pledged for bridge maintenance, while a separate funding agreement is likely to see £1.9 million more invested in Wirral’s Key Route Network (KRN).
The roads that are being prioritised for repair have been identified using the results from independent condition surveys, as well as inspection reports by professional highways staff, and enquiries from elected members and residents.
Depending on the classification and condition of the road, one of three treatments will be applied as part of the programme. Hot Rolled Asphalt (HRA) is the most expensive of the three, but provides protection for up to 20 years – it tends to be used on the main, heavy traffic routes in the borough.
Surface dressing can extend the life of the road surface by between eight and 10 years, depending on the location, while micro asphalt is used mostly on local roads and streets and is laid over the existing road surface.
All works are carried out in the most environmentally friendly way possible as crews and contractors work closely with suppliers to minimise the council’s greenhouse gas emissions and reduce waste.
The programmed works are taking place alongside other ongoing maintenance works to repair other road surface issues, such as potholes.
Some residents might see patching works taking place before the scheduled surfacing works – people should be assured these are just preparation works; the main repairs will take place afterwards. And as with all of these kind of programmes, the schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.
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