Locations for Norfolk pot hole repairs revealed
Motorists could face a series of delays as council chiefs race against time to carry out an intensive programme of pot hole repairs totalling nearly �7m on 30 roads across Norfolk.
The government allocated �6.9m for winter damage repairs to county roads in Norfolk.
But ministers have insisted that the cash must be spent by the end of September and that means that the roadworks could be set to start straight away to get the repairs carried out in time.
The cold weather once again caused huge problems to the county's road network and, since the grant announcement on March 24, the county council has been working with its Norfolk strategic partnership partners, May Gurney and Mott MacDonald, to build up a programme that makes best possible use of all the available grant.
The council will be spend �3.9m on asphalt resurfacing, �2m on surface dressing (bitumen and chippings) and �1m on surface patching, with more than 30 surfacing schemes being funded from the winter damage grant.
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By district, the extra allocations are: North Norfolk, �416,000; Broadland, �183,000; Great Yarmouth, �88,000; South Norfolk, �364,000; Breckland, �419,000; West Norfolk, �395,000; Norwich �136,000.
Graham Plant, cabinet member for travel and transport, said the extra government funding was welcome, but it had taken a huge amount of work to identify priorities for repair and produce a programme that could be carried out to such a tight timetable.
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And he conceded that the extra roadworks may not be popular with some motorists.
'We have to complete winter repair work by the end of September, and unfortunately this means that motorists will have to put up with major schemes going ahead right through the summer,' he added.
'I know how frustrating that can be, and I hope that road users will understand how important it is that roads are repaired before next winter, or we could face more extensive repairs and bigger bills if they have to go through another big freeze.'
Nigel Dyer, May Gurney's strategic director for the Norfolk Strategic Partnership (NSP) said: 'This additional funding is welcome, but it does present a number of operational challenges.
'It is testimony to the strength of the partnership that we have been able to work closely with Norfolk County Council and our supply chain partners to develop a programme that will enable us to deliver the work by the September deadline'
Where repairs are planned:
Cremorne Lane – �53,000
Arminghall Close – �34,000
Raynam Street – �17,000
Unthank Road – �116,000
Surrey Street – �48,000
Woodcock Road – �74,000
Gurney Road – �166,000
Barrack Street – �180,000
Farrow Road – �85,000
Earlham Road – �199,000
Filby, A1064, three stages from bridge to Ormesby Lane – �253,000, �86,000, �192,000.
Bawdeswell, B1145 Reepham Road – �30,000
Drayton, School Road – �101,000
Horsham St Faiths, Norwich Road – �13,000
Morton on the Hill, A1067 Fakenham Road – �255,000
Taverham, Pendlesham Rise – �46,000
Briston, B1354 Fakenham Road – �99,000
Fakenham, A1067 Clipbush Lane – �84,000
Garboldisham, A1066 Diss Road – �266,000
Banham, Kenninghall Road – �11,000
Colney, B1108 Watton Road – �467,000
Diss, Roydon Road – �14,000
Harleston, London Road – �117,000
Long Stratton, Francis Road – �85,000
Woodton, B1527 Church Road – �17,000
Wymondham, Cock Street – �17,000
Thetford, London Road – �537,000
Clenchwarton, A17 Lynn Road – �149,000
Emneth, A1101 Outwell Road – �55,000
Possible: Attlebridge, A1067 Fakenham Road – �443,000