Road improvements £20m spend in Derbyshire

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Derbyshire County Council will spend £20 million on improvements to roads in the county over the next year.

The money will be spent on work including resurfacing roads and pavements, gully and drainage improvements, bridge replacements, street lighting, new road signs and safety measures.

This is in addition to the £15.8 million spent on routine maintenance and £3 million which is provided by central Government to repair damage caused by severe weather.

Councillor Dean Collins Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “We know residents put a high priority on the condition of roads and pavements which is why we are investing in improving them.

“A good roads network is essential to connect communities together and also support businesses which will help to improve the economy in Derbyshire.”

The work which the £20 million will be spent on includes:

* £1.8 million on resurfacing some of the county’s main roads

* £4.5 million on resurfacing some of the county’s minor roads

* £2.8 million on work to ensure the safety of the county’s bridges, structures and retaining walls

* £1.8 million on replacing street lighting with lower energy LED lights and switching off lights not needed

* £1.4 million on resurfacing some of the county’s pavements

* £823,000 on providing road safety schemes to reduce the number of people getting injured

* £736,000 on improving current and building new cycle networks to help connect communities and improve people’s health and wellbeing

* £505,000 on improving the county’s gullies and drainage and developing new schemes.

The work for the £15.8 million general maintenance repairs includes:

* £5.5 million on routine repairs of roads and pavements

* £3.5 million on maintaining street lighting, including energy costs

* £3 million on grass cutting, gully emptying and other environmental maintenance

* £1.5 million on maintenance of signs and road markings

* £2.3 million on winter maintenance.

A further £1.5 million has been agreed to be spent on countryside improvements including improving access, reopening and upgrading existing routes, building new routes and fitting signs.