Wirral road repair programme almost complete

Resurfacing works have now been completed on 140 of Wirral’s roads and the council’s contractors aim to complete the majority of the remaining works before Christmas.

This year, Wirral Council has invested almost £6 million to maintain roads, fix potholes and repair other problems with the road surfaces. Throughout the road maintenance programme, three treatments (Micro Asphalt, Surface Dressing and Hot Rolled Asphalt) are used and two of these treatments are now complete with approximately just 16 more roads to receive Hot Rolled Asphalt.

Since the end of September, 100 roads have been resurfaced in addition to the 40 roads completed in the programme’s first month.

Whilst work is now progressing well, there have unfortunately been some inevitable delays due to bad weather and COVID-19 impacts. This means that eight of the roads in the programme will not be able to be treated this year but instead, will be added to the programme for spring 2021. These roads include Harvey Road in New Brighton, Malpas Grove in Wallasey, Morello Drive in Clatterbridge, Valkyrie Road, Scott Street (including Selby Street) and Grosvenor Street in Liscard and Hilburn Drive and Hilbre Street in Bidston & St James.

With 170 roads on the programme for 2020, more than 80% of the work has now been completed with only ironworks, including gullies for drainage systems, and some resurfacing work to complete. View the full list of roads for repair on www.wirral.gov.uk.

Ironworks are one of the last steps in the road treatment or repair process, along with line marking, which includes uncovering and repairing manholes and gullies. Find more information about the processes used by visiting the council’s website.

Some of the ironworks have been left a little longer than usual this year due to some crew members testing positive for COVID-19 and, in line with government guidance having to isolate. The crew are now safe and well and back working on the borough’s roads to ensure that all outstanding work is completed.

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair for Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee, said, “This year, the coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 an unusual and challenging for many residents and unfortunately our road works contractors have also had a first-hand experience of the impacts of COVID-19.

“Now that the crew are safe and have returned to work they are working round all of the remaining roads in need of completion. I would like to reassure residents that outstanding works will be completed or added to next year’s programme to ensure that our roads are maintained as well as possible.”

All iron works will be completed by the crews before 18 December 2020 and out of the 16 remaining roads to receive Hot Rolled Asphalt, eight have been scheduled for completion in early 2021.

For the latest updates on where crews will be carrying out works over the coming weeks visit www.one.network.

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