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Roads funding boost - but £57m backlog still exists

 
Created on 20/03/2017 @ 11:08
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The spend on roads in the Newtown area and throughout north Powys will increase over the next three years, but it will only reduce the rate of deterioration - with a maintenance backlog of £57m across the county, according to Powys County Council.

The council is to spend an additional £11.85m on road infrastructure over the next three financial years from this April.

It should mean pot holes and other road infrastructure issues in the area are improved.

Cllr John Brunt, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The county council has approved its capital spending allocation as part of the council’s overall medium term financial plan and budget plans.
 
“As part of these plans, nearly £12m of that investment will be dedicated to the county’s road network which is good news for road users as well as providing a welcome boost to the local economy.
 
“While this is excellent news for the highway network we accept that more work is needed in the future and that despite this latest additional investment the overall road conditions will still deteriorate but a reduced rate.
 
“There are still significant challenges ahead with a maintenance backlog estimated at £57m across the highway network and a year on year reducing revenue budget. This capital investment will therefore be targeted and prioritised to maximise its effectiveness,” he added.

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