Almost 30 miles of roads in the city have been resurfaced in the last six months – as the council ploughs ahead with its multi-million pound programme to improve road surfaces and tackle potholes.
The council has reached the halfway point of a £9 million investment in road repairs, which to date has seen resurfacing work carried out on 69 roads, with a total of 7,102 road and pavement defects – such as potholes – being fixed.
Since April, highways teams have been working around the clock to repair and improve some of the busiest roads and junctions in the city, including Snow Hill roundabout, Weston Coyney crossroad, Anchor Road in Longton, Victoria Road in Fenton and the A34 through Trent Vale. Seven pavements have also been resurfaced, with more to come. A total of £4.1m has been spent on improving roads, pavements and fixing potholes, with a further £2.2m committed on forthcoming repairs and £2.9m still to be allocated.
This week, teams are working on resurfacing Leek New Road in Sneyd Green, and Etruscan Street and Shelton Old Road in Etruria. And between now and the end of the year, resurfacing work is scheduled to take place on: Chaplin Road (Normacot), Bellerton Lane (Norton), Queen’s Avenue (Tunstall), Derek Drive (Sneyd Green), Trentham Road (Dresden), Longton Road (Trentham) and Barthomley Road (Birches Head).
Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “We’re at the halfway stage of the programme of road repairs we announced in April, and the work to date has seen some of the city’s major roads and junctions repaired and resurfaced, making journeys much smoother for motorists.
“So far we’ve resurfaced a similar length of road to the distance between Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton in a straight line. I think motorists will agree overall the condition of the roads in the city is better now than it was 12 months ago, but we’re not saying everything is perfect – we know there is still a lot of work to be done, and that is what we intend to do. We’ve concentrated our repairs on main traffic routes that take large volumes of traffic, but through the winter we will begin to focus more on residential and estate roads.”
The council has more than doubled the number of crews who will be working on maintaining the city’s roads this winter compared to last year, with 12 crews now in place. Their job will be to fix potholes and in the event of extreme wintry conditions, supporting the gritting operation.
Cllr Jellyman added: “Last winter people up and down the country were having to put up with appalling road conditions brought on by the severest winter in recent memory. Extreme weather is becoming more common and we can’t predict how bad it will be this time, but this year we are the most prepared we have been in the last decade.
“We have more crews on the ground to react to repairs, such as potholes, and the resurfacing work carried out since April means many of our busiest roads and junctions are in excellent condition as we head into winter.”
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