Whether they’re repairing roads or fixing footpaths, Hertfordshire County Council’s highways staff have been working up a sweat this summer.
Did you know that Hertfordshire County Council and its highways contractor Ringway, together with a number of other specialist contractors, have had around 70 maintenance teams working on more than 1,000 highways schemes across the county this summer?
This includes resurfacing works on more than 900 roads around the county, many of which have been resurfaced during the school holidays when the roads are less busy. Highways staff have also cleared gullies, drains, pipes and manholes on the highways. This is in addition to the other routine maintenance that has continued as usual.
Alongside this work are hundreds of smaller scale local schemes that have been recommended for funding by county councillors through their highways locality budgets (HLB). Each of the 77 councillors has approximately £90,000 a year to allocate for highways maintenance in their specific divisions.
More information on the HLB scheme is available online at www.hertsdirect.org/localitybudgets
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
“With less traffic during the summer and better weather, it’s a particularly good time for us to undertake these maintenance and improvement schemes. We want Hertfordshire to be supported by an efficient and reliable highways network, and this work is crucial to keep motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on the move throughout the county.
“While these works take place, we’re working to keep road users as well informed as possible. In some areas we use variable message signs to give drivers advance warning of upcoming roadworks. Residents can also search www.roadworks.org to find out about roadworks in a particular area. Safety is equally a major focus, which is why this year we introduced a system whereby we keep a lane closed for a short period after surface dressing work has finished. This gives the new road surface longer to ‘bed in’, which means it should be more durable in the longer term.”
For further information, visit www.hertsdirect.org/roadworks or to report a highways fault visit www.hertsdirect.org/faultreporting