Severe weather funding

The Secretary of State for Transport has provided an additional funding of £171,000 to enable us to repair highways and associated structures damaged by the exceptionally severe rain over the winter period. This funding will enable us to repair severely damaged roads and other highway assets.

A number of individual schemes have been identified and are now being prioritised, a complete list will be published shortly.

Work will be carried out by experienced and capable contractors engaged through competitive tender and our own workforce using cost effective and where appropriate new materials and novel techniques.

The allocation doubles the original maintenance budget and will be utilised alongside the Council’s own four year investment of £10Million for Network Recovery and the jointly funded (by DfT and the Council) Pennine Reach project.

This significant investment will be of benefit to all residents and all road users within the Borough.

The funding won’t repair all the roads to perfect condition but it will provide a vast improvement.

Cllr Kate Hollern, Leader Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council said: ‘The Council welcomes these additional funds, they will allow us to extend our programme of repairs to drainage and carriageway assets and to rectify the damage caused by the winter weather as part of our wider Network Recovery programme’.

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The individual schemes are listed below.

Item Scheme
1. Repairs to masonry culvert carrying the River Darwen at Hollins Grove Street, Percival Street, Gillibrand Street and Heys Lane, Darwen. The recent severe flooding events have caused the integrity of the masonry to become comprised by loss of mortar from the joints due to the pressure of water. As soon as the joint mortar becomes loose it subsequently leads to loss of the arch stones leading to significant weakening of the support to the highway. This work will be carried out by a contractor experienced in confined space working in a live river environment to the standards required by the Environment Agency.
Sudell and Earcroft Wards.
2. East Lancashire Road, Blackburn.
Drainage work to protect the highway from damage caused by surface water run-off will be carried out by in house staff.
Roe Lee Ward.
3. Knott Street, Darwen.
A contribution to the cost of culvert repairs which has undermined the carriageway causing loss of ground and subsequent subsidence. This is part of a larger scheme which will be carried out by an external contractor.
Sunnyhurst Ward
4. Greens Arms Road, Edgworth.
Deep patching of water damaged carriageway by our own workforce.
North Turton with Tockholes Ward.
5. Haslingden Road, Blackburn
HRA to mini roundabout adjacent to Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Queens Park ward.
6. Chapeltown Road, Chapeltown
Micro asphalt surface treatment double coat.
North Turton with Tockholes ward.
7. Brownhill Drive, north bound carriageway. Emerald Avenue for 200m south.
Little Harwood ward.

How can you get involved?
We welcome comments and suggestions from members of the public.

Highway Services, Castleway House, 17, Preston New Road, Blackburn. BB2 1AU

01254 273830

highways@blackburn.gov.uk

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