Ealing Council’s cabinet has agreed to invest £5.5million in improving roads and footpaths across the borough.
A survey of all the roads and footpaths in the borough is carried out every year. Only independent, accredited survey companies can carry out this work. Surveyors walk the entire length of the road network looking for defects such as potholes, cracking, wheel-track rutting and other signs of deterioration and damage.
Each road is then given a condition rating on a scale of 1-100. Those with a low rating are considered to be in a good condition. Those with a high rating are judged to be in a poor condition and are targeted for resurfacing. The higher the rating, the sooner the works will take place. The survey takes place every year, because some roads degrade at a faster rate than others.
This year, £4,374,120 will be spent on renewing roads and £1,125,880 on footways. The full list of roads and footways scheduled for improvement in 2013/14 can be found here.
The council works hard to co-ordinate its resurfacing works with utilities companies, but on the rare occasions where there is a clash with major works, resurfacing works will be postponed until the first subsequent opportunity.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “I am very pleased to announce this increase in investment. Ealing has 322 miles of roads and 628 miles of footpaths and, once again, we are prioritising those that are in the most urgent need of repair. By resurfacing roads, rather than patching them up, we are saving the council money in the long term, so although this is a sizeable investment, it is a sensible one.”
The decision was made by the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, 19 February.