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£29m ‘pothole prevention’ work now well underway across Norfolk

05 July 2021

Pavements, cycleways and roads are all set to benefit from the county’s £29m maintenance programme taking place right across Norfolk this year.

The crucial upkeep work is a key part of the £42 million budget for roads and infrastructure that was agreed in February 2021.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport, said: “This is excellent work that the teams are doing across the county. Keeping a tight focus on maintaining the routes that people need to get to their work, studies and leisure is more important than ever right now and that’s why we’re investing in maintaining as well as improving paths, roads and cycleways.

“Proactive maintenance in the short term is a vital way to cut long term costs. Our focus is on providing a network that’s reliable and helps support the economic recovery in our part of the country.”

A significant part of the maintenance programme is the annual spring and summer surface dressing project. This year 305 miles of Norfolk’s roads will get a new seal to extend the life of the road, prevent potholes opening up, and provide a new skid-resistant surface to help reduce the risk of accidents. As part of the £10m project crews have already completed work in holidays areas such as Caister and Hunstanton ahead of what is hoped will be a busy summer season.

This year £4.5m is being spent on maintaining pavements and paths, for example a £167,000 scheme to remove the existing worn and uneven pavement surface on Kennedy Avenue in Gorleston and replace it with a new smooth asphalt surface will be getting underway in late July.

Proactive planned maintenance will be taking place over a number of days this summer along the route of the Broadland Northway. The road is set to receive a £800,000 specialist treatment to maintain the existing surface in its as new condition. The quick to apply treatment is cost effective as it cuts any long-term costs and has been chosen as it’s suitable for roads that are already in a good condition. The technique has successfully been used in a number of locations in Norfolk including in 2020 on the new A47/A143 link road near Gorleston.

For more information on highway maintenance in Norfolk, visit roads maintenance.

Further information

Cycleway maintenance costs are included within the roads maintenance budget or pavement maintenance budget depending on the location of the cycleway.

The specialist treatment that the Broadland Northway will be getting is using Reclamite – this is a treatment that is applied to the surface of a road to maintain its as new condition. The spray penetrates and rejuvenates the bitumen that binds the road surface together keeping it in an as new condition for longer, cutting long term maintenance costs. The treatment also has a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to other surfacing techniques which involve the quarrying and transportation of aggregates. The fast moving works, which will only be carried out at off peak times, are able to treat and reopen a 1 mile lane of road within a few hours which means any traffic disruption can be kept to an absolute minimum. The treatment will cost approximately £2.40 per square metre.

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