£875k roadwork scheme unveiled in council report

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Major roadworks for Brighouse costing approximately £875,000 will be revealed in a report to Calderdale Council’s Cabinet after concerns about the increased number of potholes.

Coun Peter Caffrey, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, called for information to be brought to the cabinet meeting on Monday, April 13, regarding roadworks for 2014/15 and planned major works for 2015/16.

The report shows planned major roadworks for 2015/16 in the area will have a total estimated cost of £875,000. Planned schemes for Calderdale as a whole are estimated at £2.3m.

One of the major schemes will be in Southowram where carriageway resurfacing on Law Lane/Bank Top and Cain Lane to Southowram Bank will cost around £450,000.

Other resurfacing works will be carried out on the A649 Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Leeds Road to Bradford Road (£85,000) and Elland Road between Cromwell Bottom and the Casa Restaurant (£180,000).

On Kirk Lane, Hipperholme, footway reconstruction and carriageway resurfacing will cost £90,000.

Reconstruction of 120 metres in Smith House Lane, Lightcliffe, will cost £70,000.

An additional £1,050,000 will be spent on general structural maintenance of carriageways, condition surveys, street lighting stock maintenance and surface dressings at various locations in Calderdale.

The report also outlines a number of key challenges in Calderdale including a significant reduction in funding, particularly when inflation is taken into account, and a backlog of essential and high priority maintenance work.

It said the estimated cost of the backlog of essential and high priority maintenance work required to the council’s roads, footways, street lights, bridges, walls and highway drainage was estimated to be £35 million in April 2013. The backlog of work is increasing year on year.

“It was estimated that an investment programme of circa £85 million was needed over a period of 13 years to address this backlog,” the report states.

“The value of the highway asset is £2.63 billion. The identified investment of £85 million therefore represents approximately three per cent of the total value of the asset.
“If this capital investment is not made, the council’s roads, walls, bridges and street lighting will continue to deteriorate.

“The funding will only address the immediate problems and will not address the on-going deterioration of an ageing, under-funded and under-maintained asset in a climate of reduced funding.”