£1m. for road repairs in Burnley

Centenary Way flyover in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons
Centenary Way flyover in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

A major programme of repair work and improvements has been planned for bridges and roads in Burnley.

Around £1m. has been set aside by Lancashire County Council which will see miles of roads repaired, hundreds of streetlights replaced, and vital bridges fixed in the next year.

It’s important that we make timely repairs, and people will see a lot of activity as the better weather arrives which allows us to carry out much of this essential work

County Coun. John Fillis

The biggest project in Burnley will see around £380,000 spent on a major maintenance of the Centenary Way Viaduct.

Other major planned work include surface dressing of Manchester Road, Belvedere Road, Crown Point Road and the Long Causeway.

Around £270,000 will also be spent on replacing streetlights across Burnley.

County Coun. John Fillis, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Our transport infrastructure is vital to support the county’s economy.

“This programme of planned maintenance will extend the life of our roads and replace the most worn out surfaces, which is vital to keep them in good condition over the long term.

“It’s important that we make timely repairs, and people will see a lot of activity as the better weather arrives which allows us to carry out much of this essential work.

“Most damage to roads is caused by the wet and cold weather and we also have teams working year round to inspect and make running repairs as potholes appear to ensure people can travel safely.”

The repairs are being made in line with a 15-year plan to improve Lancashire’s highway infrastructure which focuses on intervening at the right time to carry out preventative maintenance.

The Department of Transport awarded Lancashire an extra £4.9m. in funding in 2014.

The county will receive £5.1m. towards a £6.6m. scheme to replace the central crash barrier between Junction 10 and 14 of the M65 – part of the motorway network maintained by the county council rather than the Highways Agency.