MILLIONS of pounds will be spent on improving and maintaining highways and pavements in Worcestershire.
The £30m cash boost was announced in Worcestershire County Council’s 2021/22 budget, approved earlier this month.
More than 200km of road schemes have been completed over the last 12 months and the authority has promised to continue along this trajectory.
Highways will see an extra £6m invested on top of the cash invested last year.
New funding will also be used for footpath improvements, with £4m allocated on top of the £4m extra invested in the last year.
Over 250 schemes are planned in the next 12 months – the equivalent to 85km of further footway improvement.
County Councillor Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said:
“Improvements to highways has been one of our residents’ top priorities for many years now.
“This budget showcases our commitment to keeping Worcestershire moving and ensuring our roads are safe for everyone to use.”
Extra investment will also be made to continue updating street lighting, with an additional £2.5m allocated.
Similarly, £2.5m has been made available for highway drainage which includes maintaining 104,000 gullies.
The authority said £10m has been allocated for its Cutting Congestion programme to deliver the schemes planned at A38 Upton, Bromsgrove, Evesham and Kidderminster.
There has also been a further £25,000 earmarked from strategic initiatives to ensure highway safety markings and signage continues to improve across the county.