Councils share £75m for road improvements
Councils across England have been awarded a share of £75m for 19 ‘essential’ road maintenance projects.
Local authorities were challenged to put forward schemes which could ‘make a real difference’ to road users.
In addition to repairs, resurfacing and junction improvements, other projects to receive funding include bridge refurbishments, flood resilience measures and improved drainage.
Most of the schemes will be delivered within the next 12 months.
One project to receive funding is a £4.6m refurbishment of the A589 Greyhound Bridge in Lancashire, which will enable HGVs to use the bridge.
A carriageway and drainage renewal scheme on a dual-carriageway stretch of the A361 in Devon will improve access to the M5, while in Northumberland £5m will be used to repair and strengthen key routes for the rural and regional economy.
The challenge fund is one part of £6.1bn of central Government funding being provided to local highway authorities in England (outside London) between 2015/2016 and 2020/2021.
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