Major roadworks in Farnworth and Tonge Moor after Bolton Council gets £1 million government grant
BOLTON has secured an extra £1 million from the government to fund two major road improvements.
It means the extra cash means councillors will not have to dip into its existing road budget to pay for the schemes.
But the £530,000 Bradford Street works in Farnworth and the £440,000 project on Tonge Moor Road — which starts next Monday — are being paid for by a central government capital programme.
This means a dent has not been made in the £5 million council road budget, which will be available for further projects.
Cllr David Chadwick, Bolton Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said outside help to pay for road repairs was always welcome. The problem we have got is that we have a backlog of about £80 million of road repairs across the borough,” he said.
“We have a list of the worst roads in the borough that we are trying to work through. Unfortunately we have less and less money to spend so it is a very difficult situation to manage.” A seven-week scheme in Tonge Moor Road got underway on Monday on the stretch between Turton Street and Starkie Road.
The road will remain open, but temporary traffic lights may cause delays, with motorists encouraged to consider alternative routes.
The council is warning people who live in properties on Tonge Moor Road that access will be restricted at certain points during the work to guarantee the safety of pedestrians.
On Sunday, the junction of Minerva Road and Bradford Road in Farnworth will be shut as part of the £530,000 repair plan, the bulk of which was completed over the course of four weeks in August.
Cllr Nick Peel, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said the “essential” repairs were needed after a series of cold winters.
“The borough’s roads have deteriorated and these works are essential to keep the traffic moving effectively in these areas,” he said.
“While every effort has been made to reduce disruption during the works I would like to thank motorists for their patience and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.”
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