Committee approves prioritised roads capital programme for Caithness

Members of the Caithness Committee has agreed a list of prioritised programme of works for structural overlay/inlay works and surface dressing schemes which will be funded out of the Capital Budget allocation for 2024/25, according to Highland Council.

The actual 2024/25 capital roads budget allocation for Caithness is still to be finalised but based on previous financial years and analysis of road condition survey results it is expected to be £594,452 in total, consisting of £335,065 for overlay/inlay works and £259,387 towards surface dressing schemes.

Caithness Committee Chair, Cllr Ron Gunn said: “It has been well reported that the roads network across Caithness are currently in poor condition, making driving conditions for both residents and visitors challenging.

“It is important that as a committee we take every opportunity to raise the scale of the challenge before us. We know that we don’t have all the funding we need to do everything we want, but by agreeing the capital roads’ priorities for the coming year not only helps us allocate funding according to priority but sets out a clear work programme for our staff.

“We will continue to do the best we can with the resources we have.”

Works for the Caithness area are identified based on a prioritised ranking. 

Should the approved 2024/25 budget differ from previous budgets then the programme will be adjusted appropriately.

The next item on the agenda was a report on the Annual Area Roads Capital Programme 2023/24. The Area Roads Manager provided members with details of the works on the prioritised list completed to date and details of the additional works identified and prioritised throughout the year.

Cllr Gunn wishes to thank the local road teams for their hard work during the recent wintery weather. He said: “On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank our roads operations teams who have been out in all hours during the recent very challenging bad weather conditions to clear the snow, ice, and debris from our roads. They have been terrific and have worked so hard to keep routes open.”

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