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26th August 2010

Repair blitz on Northants roads

A major programme of highway repairs is underway across Northamptonshire as the battle continues to make the county's roads safer following one of the coldest winters in 30 years.

Working on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council, MGWSP* is carrying out more permanent repairs than ever before, investing in preventative maintenance to slow further deterioration and concentrating on localised road patching.

Affected roads are being treated in the fortnight-long blitz which is timed to coincide with the relative quiet of the school holidays.

Councillor Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for transport, minerals and waste, said: “The severe weather had left some of our roads in a terrible state so we have been working hard to address this problem and also make sure that our roads are more resilient for the future.

“The council's recent ‘You Choose’ campaign revealed that the condition of our roads was people's top priority, so it's essential that we make sure this work is carried out.

“We use a number of different methods to achieve our aims and I'm sure people are starting to notice a big difference as they drive around the county.”

The improved integrity of the highway will make it more resistant to wear and tear and the effects of severe winter conditions. In the long-term this will prove to be far more effective and offer better value for money for the taxpayer.

The overriding commitment is to continue to attend and repair all emergency defects and ensure roads and pavements are safe at all times.

Click here to read the full Northamptonshire Chronicle news report.

*Footnote: MGWSP is a partnership between May Gurney and the design engineering and management consultancy, WSP. MGWSP is responsible for looking after more than 4,000kms of roads and 73,000 streetlights on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.

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