Almost £16m will be spent on improving Middlesbrough’s roads
Plans on how almost £16m will be spent to improve roads across Middlesbrough have been set out.
Middlesbrough Council’s proposals to maintain and improve routes across the town have been revealed in a new report.
A review to be discussed by councillors later this month says the condition of Middlesbrough’s roads are rated among the best in the country.
The report said: “Maintaining this standard also continues to be an investment priority, to avoid the economic impacts, increase in road casualties and increased emissions that can come with deteriorating highway conditions.
It adds that future Government funding for highway improvements would be affected by not maintaining the council’s current high rating.
The report says a total of £15.8m is to be spent over three years from 2018 to 2021.
The money will be used to:
* Repair 105,673sq m of roads;
* Repair 13,900m of footpaths;
* Maintain verges in 14 areas
* Maintain bridges across the borough (including the A66);
* Replace more than 400 lighting columns;
* Upgrade traffic signals at Hartington Road, Albert Road, Borough Road and Linthorpe Road;
* Improve the visibility and access at key pedestrian crossings;
* Improve pedestrian and cycling routes along key corridors such as Ladgate Lane and Low Lane;
* Improve waiting facilities at bus stops;
* Improve the Mandale Interchange, including new signalling;
* Install a ‘throughabout’ on the A66 at Cargo Fleet; and,
* Improve the ‘smart technology that controls traffic signalling
A total of £5.2m will be spent on highway maintenance while £6.4m will go on efforts to cut traffic congestion, including new roads and junction improvements.
The action to tackle potholes will be welcomed by motorists after criticism over the state of the roads following a severe winter.
One motorist recently complained to The Gazette over a number of large potholes which have developed on Marton Road on the bridge over the A174 Parkway.
She said drivers were often driving into the adjoining cycle lane to avoid the holes and damaging their vehicles.
The report adds that the council may receive additional money during the three years, or be successful in competitive bidding rounds for further funding.
Earlier this year Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd and Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke met roads minister Jesse Norman to discuss plans to tackle traffic congestion – in particular the ‘Marton Crawl’.
A council masterplan – which depends on securing money – includes proposals for a new road between Ladgate Lane and Longlands to ease congestion on Marton Road, along with another new main road through new housing developments south of Acklam, and other junction improvements across the town.
The latest report will be discussed by the council’s executive on May 15.