Suffolk allocates £10m for road surfacing project

Suffolk County Council has allocated £10 million worth of funding from its reserves for three million square metres of new road surfacing.

The project is designed to be a preventative measure that will help avoid potholes forming in the future.

The work will cover almost 10 per cent of Suffolk’s road network, with a particular focus on rural roads across the county.

Cllr James Finch, cabinet member for highways and transport at Suffolk County Council, said: “This year’s major investment is about giving ourselves the opportunity to get ahead with our maintenance schedule of works so we can make long term savings and maintain the network for longer, instead of having to carry out repeated short term patch repairs.

“Whilst this work takes place, there may be some short term pain in order to achieve a great deal of long term gain. Maintaining the quality of our roads and infrastructure across Suffolk is one of the Council’s highest priorities and echoes the views and feedback that I regularly receive from residents.

“This work is only one part of the continued investment we are making in Suffolk’s road network and infrastructure. Suffolk was recently given £1.38m of funding towards pothole repair and we are currently looking at how best to use this funding, with a particular focus on unclassified roads in the county.”