£12.7m road improvement schemes nearing completion
15 March 2019
Since Norfolk received an additional £12.694m roads funding late last year 125,000m2 of worn out highway surface has been removed and replaced with 26,600 tonnes of brand new asphalt.
Half the extra funding has been used on 35 resurfacing projects to improve the condition of roads right across Norfolk with the rest being spent on patching and filling potholes, as well as surface dressing, and repairs to drainage and road signs.
The last few schemes are being completed over the next few weeks as the money came with the requirement that it was spent on work to be done before the end of the financial year.
In November 2018 Norfolk received the extra money from the Government to spend on road maintenance. This was the county’s share of the £420m, made available to local authorities in England, announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018.
This funding was in addition to the £33.4m that Norfolk County Council had budgeted for highway maintenance in 2018/19 and meant that much more work could be carried out than initially planned.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “I want to thank highway teams for all their hard work over the past months as this extra money more than doubled the number of resurfacing schemes we could carry out this year.
“Fixing and preventing potholes is always a priority so resurfacing schemes have featured heavily in our spending. The first of our additional schemes to get underway was resurfacing on the A1101 in Emneth at the start of December. We are now on track to complete the 35th and last scheme at Southery on 30 March 2019.”
“A big focus for the spending was our Fen roads in West Norfolk so we have spent £2.4m there as these routes were particularly badly affected by both the summer heatwave and the Beast from the East last year.”
The single most expensive scheme been the resurfacing on the B1145 Rougham, costing £484,000. All the work was planned to minimise disruption, with two large resurfacing schemes carried out night on the busy A1067 at Guist and B1150 at Westwick. Two of the most complex schemes were the resurfacing of roads in Holt and Sheringham town centres and even though considerable prior consultation and planning was required the Sheringham scheme was finished on time and the Holt scheme came in ahead of schedule.
List of all the resurfacing schemes
A1101 Emneth - Emneth Bypass
A1122 Denver - Downham Market Bypass
A149 Repps with Bastwick - High Road
B1145 Rougham - Lynn Road
B1145 Cawston - Aylsham Road
C105 Heacham - Lamsey Lane
78219 Easton - Ringland Road
B1355 North Creake - Burnham Road
B1145 North Walsham - Greens Road
A1067 Guist - Norwich Road (N)
B1440 Sandringham West Newton - Hillington Road
B1153 Brancaster - Mill Road
A149 Worstead - North Walsham Bypass
20341 King's Lynn 0 Maple Road (N)
B1108 Watton - Norwich Road
B1112 Methwold - Stoke Road
A1066 Diss - Stanley Road
C768 Swaffham - Watton Road
B1354 Hoveton - Horning Road West
B1150 Westwick - Norwich Road (N)
C510 Thetford Melford - Bridge Road
C488 Holt - Market Place
C594 Ashwellthorpe - Wymondham Road
11445 Sheringham - High Street and Church Street
C234 Whissonsett - High Street/Mill Lane/Dereham Road
C820 Norwich - Hall Road (N)
A148 Fakenham - B1105 junction (N)
B1108 Barford - Watton Road
B1440 Dersingham - Lynn Road at Mountbatten Rd junction
A1067 Fakenham - Pensthorpe Road roundabout (N)
71340 Costessey - Alex Moorhouse Way (N)
C802 Norwich - Waterworks Road
70006 Diss - Uplands Way rooundabout
C818 Norwich - City Road
B1160 Southery - Feltwell Road