A road improvements programme which will see resurfacing on dozens of streets across Wokingham Borough has begun.
About £4.8million is being invested at locations across the area as Wokingham Borough Council continues to invest in its roads.
Our surface dressing programme is well underway at 17 locations across the borough which started last weekend with work in Finchampstead, Barkham, Wokingham, Arborfield, Shinfield and Earley.
A full list of roads being improved can be found on the council’s road repairs webpage, with the programme expected to be finished by mid-May.
Dozens of improvements
Work on our full resurfacing programme, which includes plans for 46 different projects across the area, began on Monday (10 May).
Night works to improve the surface on the Lower Earley Roundabout, at the junctions with Mill Lane and Rushey Way, will continue into next week.
Full resurfacing is a more extensive treatment, which involves removing layers of a worn out road surface and replacing it with new material.
Our programme will run until October this year, with residents on impacted streets being sent letters to give them more information.
Some areas will also see footpath improvements including Denmark Avenue in Woodley, to help children travelling to Waingels College.
“We know investing in our road network is important to all our residents and more than 60 roads are earmarked for improvements in the months ahead,” said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport.
“We’re spending money in areas where the work is most needed based on surveys of and data about our roads, to help keep the network safe and moving smoothly for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
“Since April 2019 we’ve invested, or earmarked for spending, more than £13million in maintaining or improving the borough’s roads, as well as our £120million major new roads programme and £20million congestion improvement plans over the next five years.”
In key strategic locations, we reduce disruption by working overnight, from 8pm to 6am. We also carry out resurfacing during off-peak hours of the day, between 9.30am and 3pm, so work takes place when fewer people are using the roads.
Work on site on the council’s behalf has followed Government and construction industry social distancing guidance since March 2020 and will continue to do so.
Residents can keep up to date on the progress of the programme on the council’s website. Details of all road closures as part of the work can be found via the One.Network website. To get weekly updates on resurfacing you can sign up for our weekly traffic and travel newsletter.
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