A number of roads in the Newport area are set for major £500,000 investment of this summer in a concentrated resurfacing programme.
Telford & Wrekin Council will invest £500,000 from its Pride in Your Community programme to improve to existing road surfaces and extend the roads’ lifespan while reducing the need for temporary reactive repairs.
The funding has come from the Council’s highway capital programme as part of the Council’s Pride in Your Community initiative to make the borough a better place to live, work and visit.
The work is being scheduled to start at the beginning of the school summer holidays from 25 July to help minimise any disruption. The whole works programme is expected to take around eight weeks to complete.
Telford & Wrekin Council will be tendering to appoint a contractor to carry out the works.
The roads the works will focus on are:
• Audley Avenue;
• Audley Road ;
• Ashworth Way;
• Upper Bar/High Street junction;
• Forton Road;
• Lapworth Way/Vineyard Drive;
• Lower Bar (Water Lane to B5062); Meadow Road.
The Council had planned these works as part of its medium term road repairs programme but will carry these out sooner than originally planned in response to comments from residents and businesses about the condition of these roads.
Work will also take place at a later date this year as part of the scheme at two other locations in Newport - Aqualate Close and Shuker Close.
Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for Business, Customers and Neighbourhood Services, said: “We had originally planned to do this work later in the year but after listening to comments from the community we are now bringing this forward as a priority.
“Making the borough a better place and tackling those things that matter to people where they live is what Pride in Your Community is all about.
“We will be doing all we can to minimise any disruption, and giving more information as soon as we can but focussing most of the work into one concentrated period will we believe help us to manage any disruption, co-ordinate the works and provide value for money.”
Once the detailed timings for the repairs are known more information will be published as soon as possible about how the work will be scheduled to allow residents and any businesses affected to plan for these. Further information will be available via www.telford.gov.uk/roadworks
Residents can also sign up to the Council’s ‘News For You’ alert service to receive regular updates from the Council about the works and their timings.
The Council’s Pride in Your Community programme has already invested in a range of schemes in Newport.
These included £63,000 from the Council’s Pride in Your Community Fund in grants to The Hub and Newport Cottage Care Centre.
Newport is also set to receive almost £120,000 from the Pride in Your High Streets scheme to support a range of business and tourism initiatives.
Since 2012, Newport’s four councillors have also had £24,000 to allocate to good causes through what is now know as the Councillors Pride Fund.