Additional road investment 2023/24
This year we have secured additional funding of £2.558 million for improvements to C and U roads in the county.
The works, which are in addition to the council's usual annual spend on our road network, will begin with patching repair work, which includes repairing potholes, during the autumn months of 2023, followed by an additional investment of around £7 million in 2024 to focus on extensive surface treatment.
This programme of works will be developed using asset management processes, including all available data, for example surveys and statutory inspections, to select sections of road that are at the optimum point in their lifecycle for being surface dressed.
In addition to considering existing highways drainage issues at sites, this programme will prevent these roads from deteriorating to the point where they require expensive resurfacing.
Our delivery partners, Balfour Beatty Living Places, will deliver a programme and approach that is cost effective, will increase efficiency and will keep any disruption to a minimum.
This programme will allow future years' highways maintenance funding to be focused appropriately.
Asset management approach - how we decide which roads to repair and maintain
Our approach to repairing and maintaining Herefordshire's highway network is to carry out the right treatment at the right time in the right location.
Asset management is used to decide which roads require maintenance. It's about using robust data to make good, informed decisions about how we manage and maintain our highway network as effectively as possible.
We collect and analyse data about the condition of the roads and prioritise maintenance based on the severity of the issues.
We look at the long-term impact of our decisions, so rather than simply prioritising what appears to be the most pressing issues at that moment, we pick the best package of works, mixing preventative and remediation works, which will give us the best long-term result for the network within the available budget.
To decide which roads need to be maintained or repaired first, we take into consideration all roads within the county. This enables us to make the best use of the limited resources we have but it can sometimes cause confusion when we are seen to be treating roads which appear to be in a better condition than others.
One of the methods we use for maintaining roads, which are in a reasonable condition, is surface dressing. This is a cost-effective way of prolonging the lifecycle of the road.
The process involves spraying the road with a bitumen binder, followed by a layer of chippings. The chippings are then pressed into the surface by a roller.
Surface dressing is ideal for roads that are already in a relatively good condition to prevent further deterioration.
Typically it prolongs the life of the road for 10-15 years and it can be redressed in the future.
Overall, surface dressing offers less disruption and better value for money.
Resurfacing is an extensive method which is used on roads that are near the end of their life or where there may be structural issues that cannot be remedied with surface dressing.
Resurfacing is where the existing road surface is completely removed, remedial works are carried out to the structural layers of the road and then a new road surface is laid.
This method can extend the life of the road for 15-25 years depending on materials. However, it is more costly.
In addition to larger maintenance schemes, we also carry out reactive repairs, which includes repairing potholes.
Roads repaired in November 2023, December 2023 and January 2024 are:
- C1234 - Bagwyllydiart to Pontrilas Court - completed 6 November 2023
- C1125 - A417 To The Vauld, Bodenham Village - completed 7 November 2023
- C1205 - Green Lane to Rhydunnog Lane, Michaelchurch Escley - completed 7 November 2023
- C1294 - C1293 to Court Farm, Kynaston - completed 10 November 2023
- C1105 - Ivington Road, Newtown - completed 14 November 2023
- C1082 - Gorsty Corner to Bearwood Cross Road, Bearwood - completed 21 November 2023
- C1060 - From A44 to C1059, Near Hatfield - completed 27 November 2023
- C1109 - Auberrow Road to Parks Lane, Near Wellington - completed 27 November 2023
- C1110 - Little Maidenhyde to C1116 Via Pencombe - completed 4 December 2023
- C1080 - Track South of Pennsylvania to Bad Patch Wood, Holme Marsh - completed 5 December 2023
- C1154 - A417 To Millend Farm, Canon Frome - completed 17 November 2023
- C1289 - The Old Lodge, Much Marcle - completed 11 December 2023
- C1234 - Bagwyllydiart Farm to Little Hill Road, Orcop - completed 8 December 2023
- C1155 - Heywood lane to Cold Green, near Ashperton - completed 18 December 2023
- U94010 - Enfield Lane, Risbury - completed 20 December 2023
- C1283 - C1280 to Kingstone, near Rudhall - completed 15 January 2024
- U72618 - Holbatch Lane, Sutton St Nicholas - completed 17 January 2024
- C1098 - Between Lulham Cottage and Madley, near Madley - completed 14 December 2023
- U93018 - Hereford Lane, near Kingsland village - completed 18 December 2023
- C1190 - A438 to Brook at the Boat House, Breinton - completed 9 January 2024
- U91607 - Stansbatch - completed 15 January 2024
- C1099 - A480 to Upper Barn Lane - completed 22 January 2024
Section of the C1234 showing surface patching repairs