Latest figures show improvement in condition of county’s main road network

Communities / Sun 27th Oct 2013 at 02:18pm

LATEST figures released by Essex County Council (ECC) show an improvement in the overall condition of the county’s primary road network, when compared with last year.

ECC’s annual Road Condition Survey looks at how much of the county’s road network is in need of structural maintenance repairs, broken down by district and priority. The county’s roads are split into three levels of priority –

· County Route (Priority 1) – Strategic roads with the highest volumes of traffic

· County Route (Priority 2) – Roads which provide an essential traffic management function between the Priority 1 network and local roads

· Local Roads – All other roads maintained by ECC

The survey shows that 4% of the county’s Priority 1 Network was classed as requiring structural maintenance as of June 2013, compared with 5.2% in June 2012.

There has been a similar level of improvement on the Priority 2 Network, with 4.9% of mileage covered requiring structural maintenance in June 2013, compared with 6.4% in June 2012.

However there has been a decline in the condition of Local Roads, with 23.4% of the network requiring structural maintenance, compared with 17.8% last year.

County Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation, said: “The results of this survey are being made available as part of my commitment to being open about the condition of our road network and how we are prioritising funding for improvements.

“I am encouraged by the general improvement to the condition of our Priority 1 and 2 roads, as this falls in line with our prioritisation of main roads that carry the most amount of traffic. The slight decline in the condition of Local Roads is a concern, and I am working with officers to address this.

“Whilst we are doing everything we can to provide continued investment in our road network, we do have to be realistic and recognise that there will be limited funding streams available to us in future. Further information on the work we are doing to improve our road network will be made available over the coming months.

“The information on the condition of the three types of road network is time lagged, and reflects surveys which were carried out in June when much of this year’s maintenance had not been undertaken. Hopefully, there will be further improvements next year but much, of course, depends on the severity of the winter.

“Essex Highways is also carrying out special studies aimed at interpreting the condition survey results of local roads in Basildon, Brentwood and Colchester.”

The survey also looks at the number of outstanding carriageway surface and structural defects across the network. Essex County Council has repaired nearly 17,500 carriageway defects since 1st April 2013.

Residents can report and track highways problems online at www.essex.gov.uk/highways. The online Service Information Centre also features a wealth of information on local highways and transportation services.

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