More key roads across the city are to be resurfaced over the coming weeks, as work continues to tackle potholes and improve driving conditions for motorists.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council teams have already resurfaced large sections of Anchor Road in Longton, completely re-laid Snow Hill roundabout in Shelton, temporarily filled potholes at the top of Victoria Road in Fenton and carried out more than 1,700 road repairs, since a major multi-million pound investment in the city’s road network was announced in April.
Teams are continuing to work on Broad Street, Shelton over the next few days, heading in the direction of Hanley, to Cannon Place. Works on Broad Street are expected to be completed before the end of the month.
Work will then focus again on Victoria Road in Fenton, with the temporary repairs replaced by completely new stretches of resurfaced road. Teams will then move to Joiners Square roundabout early in June where the road will be re-laid to the same standards as the smoothly resurfaced Snow Hill roundabout.
Later next month, teams will tackle the Parkhall Road/Caverswall Road crossroad, and afterwards will move to Sneyd Hill from Hanley Road to Hot Lane. They will then progress to the A34 – a stretch of road that has already benefitted from a number of pothole repairs.
Conservative Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “We are absolutely committed to improving road conditions for all road users. Since we launched a major new investment programme last month our teams have been working round the clock, including at evenings and weekends to minimise disruption wherever possible.
“We are tackling strategic roads across the city, we’re listening and responding to motorists, and we are picking up on defects, marking out works and then carrying out repairs as our teams conduct their continued inspections of roads.
“We know and recognise that there is still much work still to do, but we are tackling this issue head on, and we will continue until we get the job done.
“It is no coincidence that some of the main routes we are tackling are some of the busiest in the city – the volume of cars and heavy goods vehicles in areas such as Snow Hill and Joiners Square does contribute to the deterioration of road surfaces.
“There will be disruption while we continue to make progress in carrying out these important improvements, but our teams will continue to work as considerately and swiftly as possible. We will be working in the evenings and overnight, and at weekends so that traffic can continue to flow on busy roads as much as possible. We ask motorists for their continued patience while we complete the works.”
Any decisions to work into the evenings, especially in residential areas, are not taken lightly. They are only taken where closing or narrowing major routes through the city cannot be done safely during the day due to the volume of traffic and safety of the workforce. Any impact on residents is always considered and the council will work to minimise any inconvenience that may be caused.