Landslide-damaged Derbyshire roads to reopen by end of year
Earth Environmental & Geotechnical are currently involved in a number of site investigations in Derbyshire. The ground investigations have included landslide damaged roads, triggered by exceptional weather that caused country-wide flooding.
Two roads in the county are currently closed due to landslides, so it is great news to hear that Derbyshire County Council has earmarked more than £40milllion for road maintenance and improvements over the next 18 months, including repairs to the two roads closed due to landslides.
Derbyshire County Council announced this month major investment on improving roads and pavements across the county
“We usually spend around £23 million a year on road maintenance and improvements. This year extra money has been pledged by the government for road maintenance, including potholes, and we successfully bid for a further £5 million for retaining wall and drainage works on the A6 between Matlock and Whatstandwell.
More than £3 million will be spent on vital maintenance work on bridges and retaining walls, with 21 sets of traffic lights that are nearing the end of their working lives being replaced.
To prevent accidents more than £1 million will be spent on road safety schemes, such as putting down skid resistant surfaces or changes to road junctions.
And 2 roads currently closed because of landslips will be repaired – Lea Road near Cromford and Abney Clough in the High Peak. Work by specialist contractors starts this month, with the roads expected to reopen by the end of the year.
Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councilor Simon Spencer, said:
“This investment in our road network will make a significant difference to everyone who lives, works or travels through Derbyshire.”
“I’m delighted that the government has recognised the need for additional funding and also that we’ve been successful in bidding for extra money for specific schemes.”
“It all adds up to a huge investment in our roads.”
The team at Earth Environmental & Geotechnical are proud to be involved with the site investigations in Derbyshire and look forward to seeing the two roads reopen and the vital maintenance work on bridges and retaining walls completed.