The £1m resurfacing programme on Harrogate’s roads being undertaken by North Yorkshire County Council is making good progress and has been well received.
The scheme is targeting key routes with heavy traffic which are in need of repair. It is part of a large programme of work which will see a total investment of nearly £10m in Harrogate district roads during 2018-19.
Resurfacing has already been carried out on Penny Pot Lane, Skipton Road from the Empress Roundabout to Woodfield Road, and Dragon Road. Further work is to be carried out in Dragon Road, Bower Road and Skipton Road West.
The spring surface dressing programme saw 75 miles of road treated at a cost of £4m and, in addition to the routine maintenance carried out throughout the year, the county council has been given extra government funding to repair potholes. About £1.2m is being allocated to Harrogate.
In July, the council’s executive approved an extra £3m for highway maintenance across the county to match the funding received from the Government.
On top of the spring surface dressing already carried out and resurfacing of key local routes, this extra money will pay for repairs to the following roads:
- Harlow Moor Road (resurfacing of the junction with Morel Grove)
- Montpellier Parade (resurfacing)
- Otley Road (mainly resurfacing, some patching)
- Spring Lane, Pannal (resurfacing)
- A61 Station Parade (resurfacing)
- A661 Wetherby Road (resurfacing from Empress Roundabout to Sainsbury’s, then patching).
There will also be a further £400,000 worth of pre-surface dressing patching carried out.
In addition, the council is working on schemes to reduce congestion, with about £1.5m to be spent on improvements at locations such as Bond End and Otley Road funded through the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “We have received a lot of support locally for this work. It is really positive and shows the county council is responding to the concerns expressed by residents and road users about the condition of the highways in the area. We are also effectively planning prevention work to cut future deterioration to a minimum.’’