Repairs agreed for storm damaged highways

18 May 2020 12:59
Published by: Scott Callan

Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed to spend more than £1.6million on urgent repairs to roads and structures damaged during severe storms earlier this year.

The total bill as a result of damage caused to highways infrastructure by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, which hit the county in February, is estimated to be more than £4.7m.

The cabinet has agreed a programme of seven priority projects costing £1,636,808 to be completed in the next six months - to prevent more disruption to communities, the risk of further deterioration to roads and structures and allow roads to be reopened.

Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The storms which happened in February had a terrible impact on some of our communities due to properties being flooded, and they also caused considerable damage to our highways.

“The sheer volumes of water impacted bridges, drainage systems and various structures such as retaining walls and embankments.

“The scale and complexity of repairs needed to some of this infrastructure means that it will take some time before everything is repaired, and we’re focusing first on those things which are continuing to disrupt communities, or could become more problematic if not repaired soon.

“I’m grateful for people’s patience over recent months while some roads have had to remain closed, and I’d ask them to continue to bear with us while we schedule and carry out this work.”

The council approved an extra £5m for highways when setting the annual budget in February, and the £1.6m needed for urgent repairs will come from this fund.

The repairs set be carried out in the next six months include:


• £333,000 to repair a 35-metre section of a retaining wall near Rivington Reservoir on the A673 Bolton Road at Adlington, Chorley.

• £6,143 to reconstruct a section of Oakenclough Road in Preston where the edge of the road has been washed away.

• £110,565 to repair a culvert and road collapse on Bells Lane, Hoghton, in South Ribble.


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