New funding means extra work on Hertfordshire’s roads
An extra 200 roads across Hertfordshire will benefit from resurfacing and maintenance work before the end of March.
The county council has revealed how it will spend an extra £7.892m from the Department for Transport’s Local Highways Maintenance Fund – the so-called ‘pothole fund’ – announced in November. The money must be spent by the end of March.
In addition, efficient use of £5m already allocated in the authority's budget for road improvements means that more can be resurfaced than previously planned.
The extra funding and efficiencies will, weather permitting, be used to:
• Resurface 68 roads
• Prepare 43 roads for future surfacing work
• Carry out surface patching, limited resurfacing or other tidy-up works on 96 roads.
Cllr Phil Bibby, Herts County Council's cabinet member for highways, said: “This extra funding means we can do more maintenance and resurfacing work over the next few months than we had planned to do, which is great news for residents and road users.
"We’ll be resurfacing and patching an extra 200 roads on top of the ambitious maintenance and improvement programme we were already planning between now and March.
“We know that the state of the county’s roads really matters to our residents, and they matter to us too.
"While we can’t do everything, we’re already investing £40m in maintenance and improvement schemes this financial year, and this extra funding on top of that will make a real difference to roads across the county.”