County-Wide £3.95 Million Road Improvement Investment To Go Ahead In June And July

Cumbria County Council has announced it’s undertaking a massive £3.95 million county-wide road improvement investment.

The work, which is due to take place during June and July, will address surface issues at over 100 individual sites across the county to help keep Cumbria moving.

Each district will receive a fraction of the investment, with the breakdown for each district is as follows:

  • Allerdale – £575,000
  • Copeland – £520,000
  • Eden – £ 890,000
  • Carlisle – £690,000
  • South Lakeland – £1.03m
  • Barrow – £275,000

Cumbria has 4,908 miles of highways and the County Council say it is important to maintain the network with treatments that provide the best value for money, in this case it will be ‘surface dressing’.

Surface dressing prolongs the life of the surface layer of the road which delays the need for expensive solutions such as full road reconstruction.

Surface dressing extends the life of the road by sealing the surface, thereby preventing the road surface from deteriorating and delaying the development of potholes.

It also helps to waterproof the structural layers of the road and improves resistance against the freeze / thaw weather cycle.

Due to the scale of the works, some delays will be inevitable, the council explain, but say teams will make every effort to minimise disruption.

Many of the schemes will be completed within one day – teams will also facilitate social distancing guidance when working on all projects.

The council also thank the public for their understanding and patience while the works are carried out.

As with all road works, these will be dependent on suitable weather conditions.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This essential package of road maintenance works will replace worn-out sections of routes across the county with a new, hard-wearing road surface, making journeys much smoother for drivers.

“We recognise the importance of the road network in Cumbria and the resurfacing works will be coordinated to minimise disruption and delays.

“There may be some disruption during this period and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We would ask drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys.”