Comprehensive highways improvements in residential areas across the county will start soon, having been made possible thanks to a £3.3million Government cash boost.
Following effective parliamentary lobbying, Northamptonshire County Council was one of a small number of authorities to receive a significantly higher award in recognition of its proactive approach to maintenance.
What work is taking place?
The area-wide improvement works will be a combination of resurfacing and patching on both footways and carriageways.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that this money has been made available to us and emphasises that our proactive approach to highways repairs is nationally recognised.
“This award has allowed us to bring forward a programme of area wide improvement works focussed within residential areas that wouldn’t have been otherwise possible this year.
“To secure the funding we were required to submit a list of recommended locations together with what the overall outcomes would be, agree to carry out the work in the least disruptive way and to provide progress reports so local residents can see what is being achieved, and subsequently report back to Government with the results.
“We are committed to improving the county’s highways network, whilst at the same time achieving value for the taxpayer.”
Will I be told when the work is taking place?
The county council will be contacting people in the areas where the improvements will be taking place in the days prior to work starting. In order to do the work as quickly as possible people will be asked to move their vehicles off roads and paths. The county council relies on the cooperation of local people in these matters to enable contractors to deliver the best standards of work.
The work is generally carried out under a road closure, whilst maintaining access for residents and any affected businesses. Working hours are from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, weather permitting, and no night working will be carried out.
In selecting the areas for the work, sites were assessed in each district and borough to identify estates where investment in suitable treatments now will save money in future maintenance costs and result in a visible ‘area’ impact.
Co-ordinating activities on a large scale achieves efficiencies by reducing traffic management costs, sharing resources and minimising administrative functions.
Where will the work be carried out?
Work will be carried out in-
Rothwell, High Hill Avenue area; Northampton, Westone area; Rothwell, Oxford Street area; Rothwell, Market Hill, Meeting Lane, Evison Road; Northampton, Spencer area
Wellingborough, Shelley Road area; Daventry, St Andrews area; Daventry, Headlands area; Daventry, Thames Road area
Barby village; Corby, Beanfield Road area; Rothwell, Daisy Bank area
Northampton, Boothville area; Wootton, New Road; Desborough, Ise Valley Avenue; Desborough, Saxon Close
Desborough, Hill Top Avenue area; Rushden, Glassbrook Road area
Northampton, Kingsthorpe area