NEARLY a quarter of million pounds is being invested by Leicester City Council on two important road repair and resurfacing projects taking place during the October half term holidays.
The work is being carried out on main arterial roads where the existing road surface has become badly damaged through wear and tear and weather damage.
Resurfacing work will be carried out at Broad Avenue, near Leicester General Hospital, on a section between The Langhill and Gwendolyn Road.
Work starts on Saturday, October 14, for nine days, and will take place in two phases. The first will focus on Gwendolen Road up to and including the St Saviours Road junction, between the Saturday and the Wednesday. Phase two will concentrate on resurfacing the section from St Saviours Road to The Langhill, and will take place from the Thursday to the Sunday.
In total over 6,800 square metres will be resurfaced at a cost of £230,000.
Starting on Monday, October 16, resurfacing work will also take place along Victoria Road East between Gipsy Lane and Cordelia Close.
Work will take place over five days, resurfacing a total of 3,800 square metres of road at a cost of £127,000.
In both cases, the roads will be closed while work takes place, with temporary parking restrictions and diversions in place.
A further section of Victoria Road East is also due to be resurfaced in February 2024, from Cordelia Close to the Hastings Road junction. The exact arrangements will be put in place and announced nearer the time, but the work will focus on replacing over 3,600 square metres of road surface at a cost of £138,000.
The cost of each scheme reflects how much related work needs to take place at the same time, such as replacing drain covers, inspection hatches and underground traffic light cabling for example.
Leicester deputy city mayor for climate, economy and culture, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “Ensuring the roads are able to handle the daily wear and tear of traffic in a city the size of Leicester is a big undertaking, and resurfacing work like this is needed from time to time.
“Both these road are very busy parts of the city’s transport network.
“We time major works like this in the school holidays when there is less traffic, but nevertheless road closures are needed for the work to be done safely.
“Carrying out this work now before the colder weather arrives means road surfaces will be well-equipped to handle the worst that the winter can throw at them.”
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