Torbay faces £19 Million road repair bill

It was revealed today by Torbay Liberal Democrats that a quarter of Torbay’s roads are in need of repair, at a cost of £19 million.  Cllr Ian Doggett, the transport spokesman for the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, said,  “Our Conservative Elected Mayor is planning to cut the maintenance of this asset by £300,000, which will only make things worse.  Our Tory-run council needs to realise that rather than cutting spending on roads they need to invest in our most used asset to save having to undertake more costly reconstruction in the future.”
The Paignton councillor went on to say, “Mayor Oliver needs to rethink these barmy proposals and if he does not the Liberal Democrats will make proposals during the budget process to ensure we properly fund our roads network in the Bay.” 
The latest known extent of the maintenance backlog associated with public highways is as follows:-
Flexible Roads
423 individual streets, total length 128.4 km (roughly 25% of the highway network) are in need of various types of resurfacing.
The total estimated cost of all required treatments is £10,219,351. This is split between £2.50/m2 for surface dressing (7 year life cycle improvement), £5.75/m2 for micro-asphalt (10 year life cycle improvement), £15.00/m2 thin overlay (20 years expected life cycle), £25.00/m2 surfacing inlay (25 years expected), £45.00/m2 reconstruction (25 years expected). All of these treatment life expectancies can be extended with the use of preventative treatments at optimum intervals.
Rigid (Concrete) Carriageways
67 individual streets, total length 15.0 km, are in need of reconstruction.
Total estimated cost £8,828,798.

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