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£1.7million resurfacing phase begins

£1.7million resurfacing phase begins

12 January 2021
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Twelve roads across Wokingham borough will be resurfaced this spring as the council continues its investment in the area’s roads. 


Key transport routes in Woodley, Finchampstead, Barkham and Earley will see upgrades this spring as our extensive £8million road improvement programme for 2020-21 continues.

 

Works start on 11 January and will continue until the end of March, as main travel routes across the borough continue to be improved for thousands of residents. 


More than 100 roads have already been resurfaced so far this financial year, with many completed during earlier lockdowns to reduce disruption to residents.


All works planned for the first few months of 2021 are full resurfacing works and include previously delayed works from late in 2020 on Rushey Way, Earley, and Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead. 


How to check our progress


Full resurfacing is an extensive treatment which involves removing the top layers of a worn out road surface and replacing it with new material. More information on the different types of road treatments can be found on the council’s website.

 

“We continue to invest in our road network with thousands of residents already seeing benefits from improvements on more than 100 roads across the area,” said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport.

 

“Working on key transport routes across the area will help to ensure when road use increases again we’ll be able to provide even more of our residents with smooth, safe journeys whether travelling in their vehicles, on public transport or by bike. Thank you in advance to everyone putting up with minor disruption while we carry out these important works.”


Reducing disruption by working overnight

 

Most works will take place overnight to reduce disruption but some are planned for during the day at locations where disruption is anticipated to be lower. 


The areas where we are working have been selected by the council’s highways team by identifying the roads most in need of attention thanks to continual surveying and inspections producing a condition scoring system.

 

Residents who live on streets where works are taking place will receive letters notifying them in advance and signs will be placed on streets where work is happening. You can keep up to date on progress by checking our website and details of closures can be found on the One Network website.


Where we are resurfacing

 

A full list of the roads we’re working on this spring can be found below:

  • Rushey Way, Earley
  • Basingstoke Road, Swallowfiled,
  • Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead
  • Milestone Avenue, Charvil
  • Butts Hill Road, Woodley
  • Eversley Road, Arborfield
  • New Wokingham Road, Crowthorne
  • Wargrave Road, Twyford
  • Hurst Road, Twyford
  • Barkham Ride, Finchampstead
  • Headley Road, Woodley
  • Barkham Street, Barkham

 

The work is part of a series of highway investments in Wokingham Borough including the council’s £124million major highways programme, including the newly opened Observer Way (Arborfield Cross Relief Road). This spending also includes new or improved park and ride car parks, and other services across the area.

 

The council is also beginning its work to invest £20million in tackling congestion over the next five years, with more information on these projects coming later this year.


Being Covid-19 safe

 

Work will continue throughout lockdown as our highways team and contractors, in line with government guidelines, continue to keep our road network safe for all our residents.  


Weather permitting, we will use this lockdown period once again to carry out works to try to reduce disruption further down the line and our teams will continue to ensure our work sites are Covid-safe. We would ask everyone to please be kind and considerate to our essential workers if you see them out working on the road network as they are there to keep us all safe.

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