Wokingham Borough Road Resurfacing Second Phase To Begin
Twelve key travel routes across Wokingham Borough will see major investment this autumn as we begin our second phase of resurfacing schemes. Thousands of residents will see the benefits of improved road surfaces on main travel routes throughout the borough thanks to a £800,000 programme, starting on 19 October.
This is part of the council’s £8million investment in road improvements during 2020-21 and follows an extensive programme earlier this year. Almost 100 roads across the area were resurfaced earlier this year, with many of the most disruptive locations being completed during the lockdown months when roads were quieter.
This round of resurfacing works will take place between October and December and will all be full resurfacing works. This is an extensive treatment which involves removing the top layers of a worn out road surface and replacing this with new material. More information on the different types of road treatments can be found on the council’s website.
The works this autumn will focus on some of the most used roads across the borough and include Rushey Way in Earley, Headley Road and Crockhamwell Road in Woodley, Nine Mile Ride in Finchampstead and Baskingstoke Road in Spencers Wood/Swallowfield. Roads have been selected by the council’s highways team by identifying the roads most in need of attention thanks to continual surveying and inspection producing a condition scoring system.
“Improving road surfaces is something we know is a top priority for our residents and our extensive programme for this year continues through the autumn,” said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport. “Ensuring residents can have smooth journeys on safe roads, whether in their vehicles, on public transport or by cycling, means keeping surfaces in a good condition.
“Officers continue to inspect and monitor all roads across Wokingham Borough and this shapes where the work is taking place. Roads such as Nine, Mile Ride, Rushey Way and Crockhamwell Road are vital for being able to get around the borough easily, but also reflect where work is most needed based on our information.”
To reduce disruption at key strategic locations we will work overnight from 8pm to 6am. Where necessary daytime works at important locations will be off-peak, between 9.30am and 4pm. Residents who live on streets where works are taking place will receive letters notifying them in advance and signs will be placed on streets where work is happening.
Full details of this year’s programme, including which roads will be resurfaced or redressed and when, can be found by visiting www.wokingham.gov.uk/roadworks-and-outdoor-maintenance/roadworks-androad-maintenance/pothole-and-road-repairs-schedule. Details of road closures will also be available on www.one.network.
The work is part of a series of highway investments in Wokingham Borough including the council’s £124million major highways programme, new or improved park and ride car parks, and other services across the area. The council is also beginning its work to invest £20million in tackling congestion over the next five years.