Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:
“We’re delighted to have received this funding which is on top of the £36m the county council is already investing in its roads this year.”
The extra £8.4m has been awarded to the council by the Department for Transport. Councillor Spencer added:
“One of the conditions is that the cash is spent before April, so we’re on a very tight timescale.
“We’re employing extra pairs of hands to support our regular workforce and additional specialist equipment and materials. This will help speed up repairs so that we can get our roads and pavements in a much better condition as quickly as possible.
“These extra resources are also helping us to clear a backlog of drainage issues which we need to tackle before they create wider pothole problems,”
said Councillor Spencer.
The money is being spent on repairing roads and pavements and fixing potholes ready for more major resurfacing and surface dressing.
Clearing out drains to prevent flooding and repairing and rebuilding retaining walls are also being made priorities.
The £8.4m is being used to:
- repair roads and paths in advance of more major work such as surface dressing - £2.7m
resurface unclassified (unnumbered) roads – local roads mainly used for local journeys - £2.3m
- repair and rebuild retaining walls and carry out improvements to bridges, such as installing safety barriers - £1.6m
- fix potholes - £800,000
- resurface paths - £500,000
- carry out drainage works linked to road and path repairs and resurfacing to cut down on future maintenance work - £500,000.
Councillor Spencer, said:
“We know the work we are carrying out may cause some extra disruption, but it will be worth it in the end. We’re grateful for everyone’s patience while we get on making the roads safer for all of us to use.”