Blackburn set for a £6.75million programme of road maintenance and improvements

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will spend the cash on 74 projects and a schedule of repainting white lines and repairing signs.

The schemes to be undertaken in 2022/23 include a new link road, junction improvements and a boost to walking and cycling routes.

Plans for how the money will be spent are outlined in a report to the council’s Executive Board meeting this week.

The investment is made up from £3.8m from the government (including £1.07m specifically for repairing potholes), £1.45m from developer contributions related to planning approvals and the extra £1.5m allocated in last week’s Blackburn with Darwen Council budget for repainting white lines on road and refurbishing signs.

Major projects include:

* a new link road between Bog Height Road / Ashwood Avenue in Fernhurst to improve access to new housing sites allocated in the Bank Top Masterplan

* improvements of the junctions between the A666 and Jack Walker Way, Fore Street and Duchess Street, and Chapels and Holden Fold

* carriageway improvements on Birchall Ave and Ribble Avenue in Darwen and Barbara Castle Way, Limbrick and Eanam in Blackburn

* major drainage works at Aqueduct Road, Branch Road and Bolton Road in Blackburn and Jack’s Key Drive and Bolton Road in Darwen

* resurfacing potholed carriageways on Accrington Road and Pleckgate Road in Blackburn; and

* major repair works to bridges and structures at Lithermans Culvert, Chapeltown, Plane Street railway bridge, Taylor Street retaining wall, Phillips Road culvert, Phillips Road Roundabout, Union Street bridge, and Walk Mill Bridge

* installing on-street electric vehicle charging points

* phase two of converting street lights to LED lamps and repairing damaged columns.

Councillor Phil Riley, the borough’s highway boss, said: “Improving and maintaining our highways is a top priority for the council – one that we know is really important to residents too.

“£5m is a good amount of funding and it’ll allow us to undertake important improvement works and repairs over the coming year.

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