Cheshire East Council is advising drivers to visit their online system to help plan journeys, as there has been an increase in requests for roadworks from utility companies following the relaxing of lockdown measures.
While stricter Covid-19 restrictions were in place, many third party and utility schemes were postponed. This has resulted in an increase in requests for highways works over the summer and autumn months – all of which can be seen on the ‘OneNetwork’ online system.
The council’s carriageway improvement programme – to improve the condition of the roads through surface treatments – is carefully planned and also needs to be done in the summer when the temperatures are higher and the weather is normally drier. Where possible, joint working will be promoted to reduce the amount of road space occupied.
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “During the lockdown period, the highways team did all it could to keep the roads safe and accessible.
“As the constraints have eased, we now need to get on with maintaining and improving roads while utility companies will need to get on with their delayed works. We will ensure the road space is managed carefully and coordinated to minimise delays as much as possible.
“However, it is inevitable there will be some disruption and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We would ask drivers to be patient and plan ahead."
To view road works in Cheshire East visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/roadworks and select latest roadworks.