West Sussex County Council is set to turn a Government pothole fund into action.
The County Council was awarded £841,000 by the Department of Transport as part of its share of the Government’s Pothole Action Fund.
Officers will use the funds to make permanent pothole repairs, and resurface or treat roads to prevent potholes forming in the first place.
It is anticipated the fund will repair the equivalent of 15,868 potholes in the next year.
The funding is being split into three areas:
Permanent pothole repairs - £350,000
- £50,000 to be spent equally in Crawley/Mid Sussex/Worthing/ Adur/Arun/Horsham/Chichester districts;
- Two additional maintenance gangs to start work in June/July;
- Repairs to target roads where ‘repeat defects’ form using data from customer complaints.
Resurfacing/treating roads - £350,000
- Focused on roads which have been inspected and is known maintenance is needed;
- List of roads to be confirmed in June/July;
- Work planned to start in summer/autumn.
Repairing the centre joints of A and B roads - £150,000
- Repairs done at the same time as road markings;
- B2145 and B2201 Donnington to Selsey route (1.8kms) prioritised;
- Work to be completed June or July (subject to weather).
The work will complement the County Council’s existing annual road maintenance programme.
County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien said: “Repairing and preparing our roads over the summer is a key part of our strategy to protect our roads from pothole damage caused in winter.
“This extra investment from the Government strengthens our hand.
“We care for almost 2,500 miles of road, so this funding will help us target locations we know are in need of attention that have just missed out before.”