Councillors have agreed the distribution of £7.4 million allocation of the Highland Council’s capital budget for strategic road schemes during years 2021/22 and 2022/23.
In February, members of the economy and infrastructure committee agreed the distribution of an additional £20m of capital funding for road maintenance. The committee split the funding into five categories, agreeing to allocate £7.4m for strategic assets and structural maintenance.
It is expected that underspends in any project will be used for further carriageway and footway surface treatment works and ancillary items such as minor structures, cattle grids, vehicle restraint systems (safety fencing), signs, drainage, etc, reports Scottish Construction Now.
Chair of the economy and infrastructure committee, Cllr Trish Robertson, said: “The £7.4m for roads is to be welcomed. Many of our roads are suffering from lack of attention due to limited resources over a number of years. This allocation will allow us to address the poor condition on some of our roads and assets across the region. The extra equipment will aid our programmes going forward.”
The Highland Council has the longest road network in the UK with 4,000 miles of local roads, 1,000 miles of footpaths and 1,400 bridges spanning a region covering one third of Scotland.