Plymouth City Council to spend £500,000 on pothole repair drive
PLYMOUTH City Council is to spend nearly £500,000 repairing roads damaged in the recent bad weather – on top of the £760,000 it has already spent resurfacing roads in the last 12 months.
Last night the local authority announced it will undertake a 10-week pothole fixing programme to address the damage done to the city's roads by the severe wet weather in November and December.
A minimum of nine work crews will be assigned to the pothole programme, which the council has released £225,000 to fund, until the end of March.
Councillor Mark Coker, cabinet member for transport, said: "This money is enabling us to send more crews out from Monday, making more first-time permanent repairs to potholes, rather than temporary repairs."
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Another £200,000 will also be invested in a patching programme for the most severely damaged roads, which will start in February.
This money is part of the additional £250,000 capital funding that Councillor Coker negotiated through Cabinet in December for repairs to larger sections of road.
Plymouth Transport and Highways (PTH), the partnership between Plymouth City Council and Amey, is also surveying sites in readiness for the £380,000 funding committed to Plymouth for capital highway maintenance by the Department of Transport, which is due to be received in April.
Cllr Coker said: "The recent wet weather has ravaged roads in Plymouth and across the region. We are investing in additional resources and innovative equipment to help address the situation as quickly as possible.
"We have already spent £760,000 this year resurfacing 17 roads around the city and are committed to maintaining our highways network to the highest standard. We appreciate that travelling around Plymouth will be challenging over the coming weeks and ask road users to be patient while this essential work is undertaken."
Roads will be prioritised for repairs according to the severity of the water damage.