UP TO 100 roads have been earmarked by the Wokingham Borough Council, who set to spend £8 million in road improvements throughout 2020 -2021.

The road improvements programme, started in early April, began a month in advance than originally planned due to the coronavirus lockdown, allowing utilities companies to begin repairs in locations that would usually cause severe disruption.

The programme consists of full resurfacing schemes, set to take place in the summer and where road repairs are most needed.

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Councillor Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport, said: "Investing in our highway network is a top priority for us and our residents so we made the most of the lockdown period to accelerate our maintenance work, when road usage dropped off significantly, helping us to reduce disruption.

"This programme of improvements across almost 100 roads in our borough, with a significant spend on key transport routes, ensuring our residents are safe and their journeys are smooth when travelling in their own vehicles or by public transport.

The council has already carried out improvement works on the Showcase roundabout, Winnersh, Thames Street and the A4 Bath Road, Sonning, and Finchampstead Road and Molly Millars Lane, Wokingham.

All staff on site have been adhering to government and construction industry social distancing guidance.

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Cllr Jorgensen added: "Our comprehensive surveying of all of the borough’s roads by our highways teams means works are not allocated on a ward-by-ward basis and guarantees we spend money on the roads which most need our attention.

"As always we will minimise disruption on busy roads by working at night or outside peak travel times during the day as far as possible."

About £6.1 million is set to be spent on structural maintenance, about £900,000 is to be spent on capital projects on roads and pavements, and about £1 million is set to be spent on fixing potholes.

Other roads already set to be repaired include sections of Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, Butts Hill Road, Woodley, Eversley Road, Arborfield, Basingstoke Road, Swallowfield, Betchworth Avenue, Earley, and Old Forest Road, Wokingham.

For more information on which roads are set to be prepared, visit wokingham.gov.uk/roadworks-and-outdoor-maintenance/roadworks-and-road-maintenance/pothole-and-road-repairs-schedule.