West Sussex County Council’s Even Better Pavements programme is reaping dividends.
The scheme, which will see £5m invested in the county’s pavements over two years, will help protect the most vulnerable from slips, trips and falls on uneven surfaces.
Priority has been given to pathways used for approaches to schools, clinics and hospitals, and areas with high footfall.
The County Council is spending £2m this year and £3m in 2017/18.
Improvements are being made in 2016/17 to pavements in Lancing, Sompting, Bognor Regis, Selsey, Crawley, Horsham, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.
Pavements are being reconstructed or given a new asphalt surface.
Work is carried out in one geographical area at a time to minimise disruption and cost.
County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Bob Lanzer, said: “We look after nearly four thousand kilometres of pavements in West Sussex and walk and inspect every single one at least once a year.
“The Even Better Pavements programme is taking this one stage further.
“The extra investment will enhance the look of pavements in our towns and make it even safer for pedestrians, particularly residents with reduced mobility, to use confidently.
“Work is progressing well and residents will start noticing the difference.”
The work is above and beyond the County Council annual road improvements and maintenance programme.
If you notice damaged pavements or kerbstones, or missing paving slabs or kerbstones, please report them to us online here.
Or you can report any defect using our Love West Sussex phone app, which can be downloaded free for i-Phone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry here.