£30m investment to improve roads in West Sussex
West Sussex County Council is investing £30 million to repair the county’s local roads over the next two years.
The local authority has launched its ‘Better Roads Programme’ in a direct response to residents’ frustration about the deterioration of the county’s smaller roads.
Because of the extreme weather West Sussex has experienced 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.
County council highway engineers have prioritised the worst of these roads and work will start to return them 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.
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 £30 million 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.”