A multi-million pound investment will see major works to resurface busy routes in Stoke-on-Trent start this week.
The City Council is spending £10.7m on its roads network this financial year, with a further £3.4m in the pipeline.
It includes £6.57m in road and pavement maintenance, fixing potholes and carrying out preventative structural works on roads and footpaths.
A further £4.16m will be spent on measures including re-allocating bus lanes, upgrading traffic signals, roadside messaging for motorists, and extending red routes to stop main roads being cluttered by parked cars.
The investment will see more repairs carried out to roads right across the city, with the most serious defects tackled first. The authority has identified 26 key roads in the city that are heavily used and in need of major repairs. This work will start with:
• Resurfacing around two-thirds of Anchor Road in Longton, including under the bridge which is particularly uneven.
• Resurfacing large areas of Victoria Road in Fenton, including the stretch near Bargain Booze and United Carpets.
• Carrying out extensive repairs to the roundabout in Snow Hill in Shelton.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “I’m a motorist and I know people up and down the country are having to put up with appalling road conditions brought on by the severest winter in recent memory. We’ve been working since before Christmas to tackle the issue and here in Stoke-on-Trent we are committed to doing something about it.
"We have listened to motorists, residents and businesses. We have heard their concerns and are grateful for the time people are taking to report potholes. More than £1 million of orders have already been placed and we are ready to go. I have also ensured we will be increasing the size of the pothole team so they can start to tackle the backlog of potholes in the system. This investment is good news for road users.”
The crews will work across the city, prioritising repairs so that the most serious are carried out first. A planned investment programme to undertake preventative works on roads and footpaths will also continue. In the last 12 months crews have worked to carry out 44 miles of preventative structural repairs, extending the life of roads for the next 25 years. As part of the investment, double the amount of preventative work is planned for the year ahead, with 88 miles of roads and footpaths programmed in to be treated.
Council leader Dave Conway said: “If you travel anywhere in the country right now you’ll find roads littered with potholes. It’s a problem all road users are facing. The Government has given some money to councils to help them tackle the issue. But we have taken matters into our own hands. We know that this is an issue that has a big impact on the city. Good quality roads are important for residents, visitors and businesses.
“We are going to tackle this issue head on. Carrying out the repairs will mean some disruption for road users, we ask for patience while this work is completed. Our teams will be working hard into the evening and at weekends to keep the disruption down. People will see the impact being made over the coming weeks.”
Residents are encouraged to continue reporting potholes via www.stoke.gov.uk, where they can also sign-up to email alerts to find out the latest roads being worked on. The council’s Facebook and Twitter pages will provide updates on how many repairs have been carried out each week.