MORE than half a million pounds is being invested in a programme of road repairs and resurfacing work in residential streets across Leicester in the coming weeks.
Leicester City Council is carrying out the works, which include both smaller scale repair works in local estates and two more major schemes.
Resurfacing will take place at the Braunstone Avenue roundabout, on Gooding Avenue, meaning it will be closed to traffic from Saturday, July 2, for two days, followed by a further one-day closure on Sunday, July 10, to finish off work on drain covers and inspection hatches. The work, costing £50,000, will see over 1,800 square metres of road resurfaced.
In Wycliffe ward, Neptune Close will be closed to traffic on Monday, July 4, while resurfacing work costing £18,000 is carried out.
A section of Bellflower Road, from Jasmine Close to Sandhills Avenue, in the city’s Humberstone and Hamilton ward, will be closed for works on Tuesday, July 5. The scheme will cost around £18,000.
In the city’s Troon ward, the length of Faldo Close will be resurfaced on Tuesday, July 5, and Wednesday, July 6. It will be closed to traffic for the £30,000 scheme, covering over 1,300 square metres of road, to take place.
High Street in Evington will be closed to traffic for two days from Wednesday, July 6, while Medina Road in Fosse ward will be closed for two days from Thursday, July 7, while more than £35,000 worth of resurfacing and repairs take place.
Local diversions will be in place during the works.
Elsewhere, major works are due to take place on two busy roads in Leicester.
Resurfacing at Queens Road, in the city’s Knighton/Castle wards, will take place between its junction with Clarendon Park Road and Knighton Road, from Saturday, July 9. The road is an important bus and cycling route and the surface is in a very poor state.
The road will be closed and parking suspended for 13 days while the work is carried out to resurfaced 6,600 square metres of carriageway, as part of the £230,000 scheme.
Work also starts at Uppingham Road in North Evington, between Forest Road and Sulgrave Road, on Saturday, July 23, lasting nine days. The scheme will see £200,000 invested in replacing nearly 5,000 square metres of road surface.
It means parking will be suspended between Forest Road and Overton Road for four days, from July 23, and a one-way closure will allow inbound travel only between Overton Road and Sulgrave Road for five days.
Much of the more major work is timed to take place during the school summer holidays, when there is less traffic on the roads.
Leicester deputy city mayor for environment and transportation, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “This work is part of our ongoing investment in keeping roads across the city in good shape.
“Daily wear and tear from vehicles mean our roads regularly need to be repaired like this, and doing as much of the work as possible during holiday times means the disruption will be reduced.”