Presentation on theme: "HIGHWAYS MAINTENANCE IN BLACKPOOL An overview of the current situation."— Presentation transcript:
HIGHWAYS MAINTENANCE IN BLACKPOOL An overview of the current situation.
The aim of this presentation To inform Members of:-To inform Members of:- –The extent of the Highways network and the Council’s responsibilities. –The current problems and issues. –The results of Condition Assessments & the Financial Implications –Past and Present Funding for maintenance. –How funding and needs have affected maintenance priorities to date. For Members to consider what they may wish to see in a future way forward for Highways Maintenance.For Members to consider what they may wish to see in a future way forward for Highways Maintenance.
What have we got? 511 km of public highway511 km of public highway –45 km of Principal Roads –56 km of Other Main Roads –410 km of Residential Roads –750km of footways (75% flagged construction) 500 Unadopted back streets500 Unadopted back streets 23 Major Bridges and Structures23 Major Bridges and Structures
What are our responsibilities? Highways Act 1980 – Section 41- Highway Authorities have a Statutory Duty to maintain the Highway.Highways Act 1980 – Section 41- Highway Authorities have a Statutory Duty to maintain the Highway. Consequences of failure to maintainConsequences of failure to maintain –Deterioration leading to dilapidation –Run down depressed appearance of the Town –Claims against the Council for accidents arising from defects – “Tripping Claims” –Greater ultimate repair costs
What are the Problems and Issues? Roads don’t last forever – limited life.Roads don’t last forever – limited life. Factors that influence the useful lifeFactors that influence the useful life –Standard of Construction –Traffic Volumes –Weather –Use and Abuse –The extent of Routine Preventative Maintenance
ISSUES FOR THE FUTURE Reversing or managing the decline in the condition of the Highways Pressure from tripping and other claims Residents and visitors perception of the condition of the Highways How do we prioritise limited funds?
ISSUES FOR THE FUTURE – MAIN ROUTES AND RESIDENTIAL STREETS Main routes –carry more traffic and thus more wear and tear –more expensive to repair and maintain. –represent the “shop window” and give a good or bad impression to visitors to Blackpool. –Safety and injury risks are greater Residential Streets –Tripping claims arise largely from the “core area” residential footways. –Residents concerns about “their street”
A FUTURE APPROACH? Review the funding available for maintenance Use available funding and resources to try to ensure that the strategic network (main routes) are kept at the current condition standard. Assets which have safety implications shall be given priority for maintenance. Residential streets will be maintained to the best standard that can be achieved given the above, with available resources being targeted to areas known to generate claims when appropriate.