Helping to repair roads and resurfacing will be a top focus of Nottinghamshire County Council’s £27.6m investment in the county’s transport infrastructure over the next 12 months. See all roads where repair plans are in place
That’s the commitment from the county council following a meeting of its Communities and Place Committee to take forward budget plans for 2019/20.
Other top council transport priorities for the next year include addressing journey time delays and road safety.
Around £4.25m of a three-year £20m cash pot set up by the county council in 2018 to invest in our roads will be spent during the next 12 months.
Councillor John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Communities and Place, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are looking forward to another busy and productive year within transport and highways. These plans demonstrate this administration’s commitment to investing and improving our 2,600 miles of highways and transport infrastructure.
“Delivering maintenance schemes, addressing journey time delays and road safety are the main issues that residents are telling us about – so these plans aim to help address these priorities.
“We continue to provide the best possible value for money in terms of our road repairs and resurfacing by making the ‘right repair at the right time’ to avoid larger repair bills in years to come, cut congestion and make our roads safer.”
Carriageway maintenance schemes
The programme names over 200 roads where repairs are planned to be undertaken in 2019/20 including:
· A surface dressing scheme on the B6139 Coxmoor Road, Kirkby in Ashfield following a highly successful structural patching works carried out by Via Operations this year, a road which was deemed to be prohibitively expensive to resurface due to its condition and length, has now been rescued to the point it can now be prepared, surface dressed and saved from further deterioration
· Resurfacing works on the A638 London Road, Retford
· Resurfacing works on the section of the A6005 Queens Road West, on the section which crosses the Station Road traffic lights
· Resurfacing works on the A60 Mansfield Road, Redhill, Arnold (in the area of the Redhill Road traffic lights); the C213 Papplewick Lane (on the section from the Ashfield Boundary to Moor Road); and the C166 Westdale Lane (as part of the longer-term maintenance plan for this road).
· Resurfacing on the A6191 Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield and surface dressing on the A6191 Rock Hill, Mansfield to prevent further deterioration of this road and thus avoid very expensive resurfacing repairs in the future
· Works on Westbrook Drive, Rainworth continuing the work targeting those roads which form the ‘spine’ of housing estates
· Structural patching on the B6030 Mansfield Road, Clipstone to effectively ‘join-up’ with the previous resurfacing works carried out in both Newark (Kings Clipstone) and Mansfield (west of the district boundary at Seventh Avenue)
Resurfacing works on the A60 Loughborough Road and the A606 Melton Road (following on from the recent resurfacing near County Hall)
Road safety improvements
As well as the education delivered by the county council for all road users, a programme of safety engineering schemes are developed to help address reported road traffic injury accidents. In 2019/20 these include:
· Surfacing treatments at the B6019 Kirkby Lane, Pinxton; Town Street, Bramcote; Baulker Lane, Farnsfield; and the A60 Bunny Hill
· Signing/lining improvements at B6021 Low Moor Road (north of Southwell Lane), Kirkby-in-Ashfield; A614 / A638 Hawks Nest gyratory, Bawtry; B684 Mapperley Plains / Coppice Rd, Arnold; and the A606 Melton Road / Station Road, Widmerpool
· Speed management measures at A638 London Road (south of Elm Walk), Retford; Church Street, Eastwood; and Sherbrook Road, Arnold
· Junction improvements at Leeming Street and Clumber Street, Mansfield.
Improving local journey time delays
The County Council develops a co-ordinated package of measures to address journey time delays that includes pedestrian, public transport and cycling improvements as well as capacity improvements such as carrying out traffic signal improvements that will improve the performance of traffic signals and thus reduce delay for drivers. In 2019/20 the proposed capacity improvements include the second phase of the improvements at the A60 Nottingham Road/B6020 Kirkby Road/B6020 Main Road, junction in Ravenshead (the first phase is due to be completed this financial year); as well as at the A60 Mansfield Road/Sir John Robinson Way, junction in Daybrook which will also help address local air quality issues.
Councillor Cottee added: “As well as the continued focus on these key areas outlined, we have some major infrastructure projects in progress over the next 12 months and it will be exciting to see how these schemes – which will bring vital benefits to the communities they serve – progress over this period.”
Among the main infrastructure projects are:
· Continuation of the £40m Gedling Access Road project. The GAR will be a 3.8km stretch of road linking the existing A612 Trent Valley Road/ Nottingham Road to Mapperley Plains (B684). The GAR is being delivered by the County Council and Via East Midlands in partnership with Homes England (HE), Gedling Borough Council and Keepmoat Homes, housing developer for the Chase Farm site, which are all helping to fund the new road.
· Plans to transform Southwell’s flood defences as part of a £5m Flood Alleviation Scheme are continuing. Engineering works to construct the new flood defences across the town are expected to start in summer 2019. The scheme also includes Natural Flood Management measures in partnership with the Trent Rivers Trust and the National Flood Forum.