Highways programme approved to help move Hertfordshire forward

Published: 19 Mar 2018

£40 million worth of highways schemes have been given the go ahead by Hertfordshire County Council.

During 2018/19 nearly £40 million will be spent delivering over 1,000 maintenance and improvement schemes across Hertfordshire’s 3,000 miles of road.

Planned work schedules include repairs and maintenance to roads, traffic signals, bridges and pavements, and improvements such as tackling safety problems, reducing traffic congestion and assisting pedestrians.

This year’s funding includes an extra £5m which the county council is spending on improving the condition of local roads people live and work on, as part of a longer term £29m programme targeted on those smaller, local roads.

Ralph Sangster, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’ve increased the budget for highway improvements to make sure we can deliver the maintenance and improvement schemes that our roads need, and on top of that we’re investing £37m over the next five years in improvements to the unclassified road network – that’s the roads most of us live on as well as rural lanes.

“We know that the state of the county’s roads really matters to our residents, and we share the view that well maintained roads and footpaths are important to everyone using them. While we can’t do everything, this work programme, along with the regular repairs we do, will make a real difference to roads across the county.”

The Integrated Works Programme covers a full range of maintenance and improvement schemes that the council’s highways service undertakes each year. These schemes are in addition to the minor repairs and maintenance undertaken on a routine basis and to the ongoing street lighting upgrade programme.

The works are prioritised in a number of ways. For maintenance works we include a combination of roads – both those that need repairs because they are in a poor state now and those that need preventative maintenance work to avoid problems in the near future – while improvement schemes take into account factors like reducing accidents and tackling congestion.

The works programme is 'integrated' because, once we have established priorities, we look to see how those schemes can best be delivered together to increase efficiency and reduce disruption on the roads.

Details of which roads are included in the 2018/19 programme can be found on our website.