AFTER years of pothole perils each winter, West Sussex County Council has pledged £30m to spend on unclassified roads.
The Better Roads project to repair rural and residential roads began this week as a direct response to residents’ frustration about the deterioration of the county’s smaller roads.
It started on College Lane in Chichester, which is renowned for being potholed.
West Sussex County Council said because of the extreme weather in the past few years, over one fifth of rural and residential roads are now in need of repair.
More than half of the roads in West Sussex are rural and residential.
The worst of these roads have been prioritised by county council engineers to create the Better Roads programme.
The conditions of these roads will be improved and returned to the standard they were a few years ago.
The scheme will run for the next two years and focuses on rural and residential roads only.
This investment is in addition to the £8.5m the county council spends each year on maintaining its road network.
County council cabinet member for highways and transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “Keeping our roads safe is a priority for us, so we were determined to address the deterioration of our smaller roads.
“By investing this additional £30m now, it will make our network more resilient and save us money in the long run.
“Once the two-year cycle has been completed, we calculate it will save over a million pounds a year in maintenance costs.”
Residents can search online to see if their road has been included on the Better Roads Programme for 2014/2015.
Visit www.westsussexhighways.org/betterroads and type the name of your road or town into the search bar.