Repairs agreed for storm damaged highways

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed over £1.6m for urgent repairs to roads and structures such as bridges and walls which were damaged during severe storms earlier this year.

The total bill as a result of damage caused to highways infrastructure by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis which hit the county in February is estimated at over £4.7m.

The cabinet has agreed a programme of seven priority projects costing £1,636,808 to be completed in the next 6 months to prevent more disruption to communities, the risk of further deterioration to roads and structures, and allow roads to be reopened.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The storms which happened in February had a terrible impact on some of our communities due to properties being flooded, and they also caused considerable damage to our highways.

"The sheer volumes of water impacted bridges, drainage systems and various structures such as retaining walls and embankments.

"The scale and complexity of repairs needed to some of this infrastructure means that it will take some time before everything is repaired, and we're focusing first on those things which are continuing to disrupt communities, or could become more problematic if not repaired soon.

"I'm grateful for people's patience over recent months while some roads have had to remain closed, and I'd ask them to continue to bear with us while we schedule and carry out this work."

The council approved an extra £5m for highways when setting the annual budget in February, and the £1.6m needed for urgent repairs will come from this fund.

The repairs due to be carried out in the next 6 months are as follows:

• £200,000 repairs to the drystone arch of a bridge which carries West Bradford Road over Coplow Brook between West Bradford and Waddington in the Ribble Valley.
• £333,000 to repair a 35 metre section of a retaining wall near Rivington Reservoir on the A673 Bolton Road at Adlington, Chorley.
• £6,143 to reconstruct a section of Oakenclough Road in Preston where the edge of the road has been washed away.
• £393,120 to rebuild an embankment and repair a landslip on Walmsley Bridge Lane, Barnacre, in Wyre.
• £343,980 for repairs to subsidence on Burnley Road, Cliviger. Pilings will be needed to stabilise the ground to allow the repairs to take place.
• £110,565 to repair a culvert and road collapse on Bells Lane, Hoghton, in South Ribble.
• £250,000 for repairs to a retaining wall along Sawley River in the Ribble Valley. Around 35 metres of the wall has been undermined, causing a large crack to appear in the road.

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