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Extra cash for county's roads

PUBLISHED: 11:04 25 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 30 June 2010

EXTRA funding will boost spending to over £22m on the county's road network following the harshest winter for 30 years.

An additional £4.8m - £2m from Norfolk County Council and £2.

EXTRA funding will boost spending to over £22m on the county's road network following the harshest winter for 30 years.

An additional £4.8m - £2m from Norfolk County Council and £2.8m from the Government - has been added to the road maintenance programme.

Contractor May Gurney has made an early start on surface dressing to allow time for more work to be completed during the summer.

A list of sites have been drawn up including the A149 at Catfield and A143 at Haddiscoe that suffered badly during the winter. The £4.8m winter damage funds will be divided between:

Surface dressing £2m to protect roads from water penetration and frost damage

Surface patching £600,000

Full resurfacing £2.2m.

The winter damage repair programme is in addition to Norfolk County Council's annual road maintenance programme of £17.4m, which includes almost £8m for full resurfacing schemes and over £9m for surface dressing.

Cabinet member for travel and transport Adrian Gunson said: "Thanks to the early start we can be confident that winter damage repairs will be complete while the weather is favourable.

“The extra £2m we are spending on surface dressing will restore and protect an extra 110 miles, and will consolidate pot-hole repairs and other urgent work already carried out.

“Combined with our main annual programme, this well targeted road maintenance represents good value for money because it will slow road deterioration and reduce costs in the future."

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