An additional £30m is to be invested in maintaining and improving Staffordshire highways over the next two years.
The boost, on top of the £50m annual spend, will fund:
- Five major road reconstruction schemes at key locations into towns
- Resurfacing of nine junctions/roundabouts
- An extra 275,000 sqm of preventative surface treatment to preserve and extend the life of roads
- £1m of additional work to repair highway drainage
David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Staffordshire’s huge road network is vital for keeping our county connected and our residents and businesses on the move.
“While we do have to work with the budget we have able and still fund areas such as care of the most vulnerable, this extra £30m investment of the next two years underlines our commitment to maintaining and improving our massive road network.”
The highways boost comes on top of the county council’s successful bid to secure £19.8m through the Levelling Up Fund for improvements to roads and bus and cycling routes in the county.
Mr Williams added: “This extra investment will deliver major benefits in key areas over the next two years, but we recognise that there is always more to be done and we continue to lobby central Government for funding to keep Staffordshire’s roads in the condition we expect and ensure local communities and businesses can feel the benefits of an improved network.”
Key schemes planned include:
- £1m Former A5127 Birmingham Road, Lichfield
- £300,000 A34/A449 Queensway roundabout/part of Wolverhampton Road (part), Stafford
- £500,000 A5121 Clay Mills, Burton
- £2.5m A1521 Derby Road, Burton
- £900,000 A513/B5493 Upper Gungate/Aldergate, Tamworth
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