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HARTLEPOOL HIGHWAYS: Maintenance plans of £1.2m

HARTLEPOOL HIGHWAYS: Maintenance plans of £1.2m

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Plans have been drawn up for £1.2million works to improve highways in Hartlepool across the next year.

Hartlepool Borough Council officers have outlined a total of 24 road improvement schemes that are due to take place in 2021/22 as part of the five year highway maintenance programme.

Council officers are expecting the capital grant allocation for highway maintenance from the Government will be £1,185,000 for the year, broadly similar to 2020/21, although the funding has yet to be finalised.

Councillors on the neighbourhood services committee approved the proposed programmes for the year at their latest meeting.

As part of the plan for 2021/22, sections of the A689 have been outlined for resurfacing work around Belle Vue Way, costing a total of £160,000.

Other schemes costing over £100,000 include plans for reconstruction work on sections of Mowbray Road and in Catcote Road, in sections around the Macaulay Road area, which are both estimated to total £120,000.

Resurfacing works are earmarked to take place in Marina Way, near to the Middleton Road roundabout, and Station Lane, in the Warrior Park area, estimated at £90,000 and £85,000 respectively.

Kieran Bostock, council assistant director for place management, told councillors the programmes will put the funding available to the best use possible.

He said: “The roads and footways included in this maintenance programme are those that are in the most need of repair.

“This will ensure that the highway network funding is prioritised to achieve the maximum and best benefit for the budget available.

“There may be a need to re-prioritise individual projects as a result of other areas of the network deteriorating faster requiring emergency works, which could result in the programme adjustment.”

However he warned there may be a realignment of the programmes if Covid-19 impacts the final funding allocations for councils.

Easington Road, near to the former Saxon area, is expected to see £84,000 of works carried out to it as part of the current plans.

Meanwhile maintenance will be carried out along two stretches of Tees Road, near to the power station, and from Elizabeth Way to De Havilland Way, totalling a combined £130,000 between the two schemes.

Cornwall Street will see resurfacing work estimated to cost £46,000, along with sections of Worset Lane and the eastern section of Elizabeth Way, which will each cost an estimated £40,000.

The slip road off West View Road is also earmarked for £33,000 resurfacing works, while Dalton Piercy Road, at the crossroads towards the village, and Marlowe Road, from Swinburne Road to Dryden Road, have £30,000 schemes planned.

Castleton Road, from Farndale Road to Bransdale Grove, and Osborne Road, from Lister Street to Park Road, are also in for planned resurfacing works over the next year, with schemes estimated to cost £25,000.

Meanwhile Wainfleet Road and Peebles Avenue have £23,000 schemes scheduled, while resurfacing is to take place on Thomlinson Road, around the Casebourne roundabout, estimated to cost £20,000.

Finally Boston Close, Greenland Road, Spearman Walk, Swanage Grove and Lulworth Grove are all set to have resurfacing works carried out, with estimated costs between £6,000 and £18,000 for each project.

Conditions of highways are established primarily from information obtained from scanner vehicles and visual inspections, carried out annually by specialist contractors.

However due to a large number of roads receiving the same condition rating, results are also supplemented by ratings carried out in-house by council chiefs and consideration given to requests from councillors and residents.

Words: Nic Marko, Local Democracy Reporter

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