Work to repair more than 40 miles of drought damaged roads in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will start next month.
The scheme, which will include 21 sections of road has been made possible thanks to a successful joint bid by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to the Department for Transport.
A total of £3.5million was secured for the scheme, which will repair 10 sections of road affected by extreme weather conditions in Peterborough and another 11 in Cambridgeshire from December until June 2018. This fund has been topped up by both councils bringing the total investment to £6.25million.
It will mean a long-term approach to the maintenance of these roads and will mean all work can be carried out in one go, preventing the need for repeated costly repairs and extra disruption for drivers.
Most of the work will involve major road reconstruction, which will include repairing down to the foundation layers in some cases. General maintenance of vegetation, drainage, signage and road markings will also be carried out alongside this work.
Although the roadworks will only be carried out during daylight hours, due to the extensive nature of the work, the roads will be fully closed for the duration of each scheme (24 hour closures). Diversions will be signposted and local access maintained wherever possible.
The schemes will be carried out as quickly as possible and letters will be delivered to local residents and businesses in advance of the work.
Roads that will benefit from the funding, along with approximate timings of the work, are listed below:
- B1167 French Drove, Thorney - 04/12/17 for three weeks
- B1040 Crowland Road, Thorney - 04/12/17 for one week
- B1443 Thorney Road, Newborough – due to start February for 2 weeks
- Pearces Road, Fengate - 08/01/18 for one week
- B1443 Bukehorn, Thorney - 10/01/18 for two weeks
- B1040 Whittlesey Road (North of Thorney Dyke), Thorney – due to start January 2018 for three weeks
- B1167 Wisbech Road, Thorney - 08/01/18 for three weeks
- B1167 New Cut (East Wryde to Wallace Drove) – due to start January 2018 for two weeks
- B1167 New Cut (English Drove to French Drove) - due to start January 2018 for two weeks
- B1040 Station Road, Thorney – due to start February 2018 for two weeks
- A1101 Mildenhall Rd, Littleport – due to start at the end of January for around six weeks
- B1040 Heme Road, Ramsey – due to start in February
- B1095 Milk and Water Drove, Farcet – due to start in February
- B1104 Prickwillow Road, Isleham – due to start in March
- A1123 Stretham Road, Wicken – due to start in March
- B1040 Ramsey Road, Whittlesey – due to start in March
- B1382 Mile End Road, Prickwillow – due to start in April
- A142 Stuntney, Ely – due to start in April
- B1096 Benwick Road, Ramsey – due to start at the end of April
- A1123 Hill Row Causeway, Haddenham – due to start in May
- B1040 St Marys Road, Ramsey – due to start in May
Cllr Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development at
Peterborough City Council said: "Thanks to the joint grant from the Department for Transport we have been able to push ahead with this programme of works which are greatly needed on our rural roads in Peterborough.
"It means we are able to make repairs to sections of road damaged by extreme weather conditions at minimum cost to the city council.”
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “Following our successful bid we will be repairing roads that have been affected by extreme weather conditions across fenland areas in Cambridgeshire.
“This additional funding will enable us to take a long-term approach to the maintenance of these roads, reducing the need for repeated costly reactive repairs and extra disruption for drivers.”
Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and its contractor Skanska are working together to minimise disruption to local residents and those who use the roads.
More information on each scheme will be published on these pages throughout the coming months.