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2014/15 Additional Pothole Fund

In the March 2014 Budget central government announced that an additional £168m was being made available for highway maintenance to improve the condition of the national network. Lancashire County Council successfully secured £4.9m to further the objectives of its Transport Asset Management Plan (TAMP).

The TAMP sets out a framework for the best use of resources to maintain the local highway network focusing on preventative methods.

This additional funding will be used to deliver the following programmes:

Classified (AB and C) Roads programme to the value of £3.2m

  • £1.2m - pre patching to address areas of carriageway that are suffering from multiple surface patch repairs, these areas will be replaced with large machine laid patches or small surfacing works.
  • £0.5m - early intervention patching programme to treat areas of carriageway before potholes develop.
  • £1.0m – re-tread of selected C roads programme. This treatment recycles the existing material by harrowing the tarmac surface to a depth of 75mm, adding bitumen then re-grading to create a new carriageway profile.
  • £0.5m - additional surface dressing programme to seal the existing surface and produce an impervious surface with a high skid resistant finish.

Unclassified urban roads Programme to the value of £1.1 m

  • £0.6m - micro asphalt programme. A sealed surface is provided that improves the road surface texture to reduce areas of rutting and surface undulations thus improving ride quality.
  • £0.5m - Inlay programme to remove large areas of carriageway surface and replaced it with hand or machine laid bituminous macadam to rectify areas of recurrent potholes.

Footway Programme

  • £0.6m - Areas of footway surfacing (modular paving flags or bituminous material) will be removed and replace with a new bituminous surface in locations subject to the most frequent claims.

Quarterly reports

Quarter one summary report:

The confirmation and receipt of the £4.9m funding was received in July 2014 and a programme of work is currently being developed. It is anticipated that works will commence before the end of Quarter 2. Details of schemes will be included in future quarterly reports.

Quarter two progress report:

Over the summer months we have been using the additional funding to reduce pot holes. We have applied maintenance treatments to resurface substantial areas of Lancashire's highway network to prevent potholes from forming in the future. Progress to date includes:

Treatment Value of work in original capital programme in Q2 Value of work Area treated
Delivered in Q2 through the additional resource
Re-tread of selected C roads programme £0 £139,000 15,500m2
Surface dressing of A,B and C roads £2,965,289 £499,000 166,000m2

Quarter three progress report:

During October, November and December we have continued to use the additional funding to prevent and fix potholes on carriageways and footways by applying a range of maintenance treatments to substantial areas of Lancashire's highway network. Progress to date in quarter 3 is in the table below:

Treatment

Value of work in original capital programme in Q3

Value of work

Area treated

Delivered in Q3 through the additional resource

Patching and 1-2 Layer Treatment

0

£185,500

12,500m2

Retread of C Roads

0

£557,000

48,900m2

Microasphalt of Main Roads

0

£555,000

115,400m2

Carriageway Inlay Treatments

£499,287

£93,000

4,600m2

Footway Surfacing

£598,735

£265,600

38,800m2

Total spend to the end of quarter 3:

Value of work in original capital programme to the end of quarter 3 

Value of work

Area treated

Delivered up to the end of quarter 3 through the additional resource
£4,063,311 £2,294,100 £401,700m2

The remaining elements of the programme will be delivered in early 2015.

Quarter four progress report

During the delivery of the original programme, in year priorities were highlighted, addressing those priorities have enabled the authority to deliver a more targeted programme as well as being able to take advantage of the economical rates procured.  The table below details the value of the original programme and the revised value of the programme together with an explanation of why the changes have occurred, where appropriate.

Classified (AB and C) roads programme
Programme Original allocation Revised allocation Explanation for new projections
ABC Pre Patching £1,200,000 £1,205,000  
ABC Early Intervention £500,000 £225,000 This is a reactive programme, using some of this resource on other treatments to provide better value for money.
Re-tread of selected C Roads £1,000,000 £1,200,000 Emerging in year priorities highlight the need for additional schemes using this treatment which also took advantage of economical rates procured.
ABC Surface Dressing £500,000 £685,000 Emerging in year priorities highlight the need for additional schemes using this treatment which also took advantage of economical rates procured.
Total ABC roads programme £3,200,000 £3,315,000  
Unclassified urban roads programme
Programme Original allocation Revised allocation Explanation for new projections
Urban u/c Micro Asphelt Programme £600,000 £635,000  
Urban u/c inlay programme £500,000 £450,000 Delivery of the original programme enabled efficiencies to be achieved
Total u/c urban roads programme £1,100,000 £1,085,000  
Footways Programme
Programme Original allocation Revised allocation Explanation for new projections
Footway Surfacing £600,000 £500,000 Delivery of the original programme enabled efficiencies to be achieved
Total footway programme £600,000 £500,000  

 

  Original allocation Revised allocation
Totals £4,900,000 £4,900,000