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Sunday 14 September 2014

Latest phase of Cheshire East’s £25m road improvements unveiled


Cheshire East has put the finishing touches to its latest scheme as part of its £25m investment in improving local roads.

Cheshire East’s highways team has just completed resurfacing of 1.3km of the A533 Sandbach Road, at Rode Heath – and the benefits of the smartly-resurfaced road will be appreciated by the local community and visiting road users alike.

The project, carried out over five days, is part of Cheshire East Council’s £25m highways investment programme.

Local ward Councillor Rhoda Bailey was on hand to run the rule over work and is pleased with the results.

Cllr Bailey said: “Having promoted this scheme from the start, I was particularly pleased to have observed the initial process of resurfacing this road. I’m sure that the local community will be delighted with the finished result.”

Councillor David Topping, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of environment, said: “This is yet more good news for road users in Cheshire East and I thank Cllr Bailey for her sterling work helping bring the need for this resurfacing scheme to our attention. 

“This work on the A533 is just the latest phase in our long-term commitment to investing in and improving our road network for the benefit of local people, businesses and visitors.

“We know that the people of Cheshire East care passionately about the state of their local roads. This big investment scheme across the whole Borough is targeted at those areas with the greatest need and greatest long-term benefit – and shows our commitment to putting residents first and delivering for local people.”

This year’s highways investment programme began in March and will be completed by the end of October.  During this period, more than 200 schemes will be delivered, repairing and replacing 238km of road – which is nine per cent of the network.

A variety of treatments are used, depending on the existing road condition. Surface dressing is now complete, with micro-asphalt surfacing due for completion later this month. About 40 per cent of the resurfacing has now been completed.

Significant works have been carried out on some of Cheshire’s busiest parts of the road network at weekends and at night to reduce the impact on road users and the public.

Cheshire East’s highways network consists of 2,674km of road, 2,060km of footways, 38,000 street lights and 484 bridges, as well as a large number of other assets.

Cheshire East’s highway network is the Council’s largest asset and is vital to the functioning and economic wellbeing of the Borough.

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