AN extra £5 million will be ploughed into road maintenance and pothole repairs in Staffordshire this year—for the fourth year in a row.
The funding is part of a £27 million investment package by the county council, aimed at tackling road repairs and improving journeys.
Maintenance will include pothole repair, road resurfacing, drainage repair and surface dressing, which prolongs the lifespan of the road.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, highways crews have been continuing their maintenance of Staffordshire’s highways.
From February to April, 7369 road defects were repaired, of which 3336 were potholes.
County Councillor Helen Fisher, cabinet member for Highways and Transport said: “Good roads are important for everyone, but maintaining more that 6,000km of roads and 4,500km of footways is always a challenge. This extra investment will mean we are able to tackle more potholes, and undertake more maintenance that will result in smoother journeys.
“Working during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge, but our highways crews have been taking advantage of quieter roads and have implemented social distancing measures where possible to keep themselves and others safe.
“Having good roads for communities and businesses is more important than ever—and this extra investment in our roads will really improve journeys across the county.”