Members agree on funding road improvement programme in Easter Ross
A proposal to utilise 70% of this year’s area capital roads budget on the improvement of conditions and structure of the roads in Easter Ross was unanimously agreed by Members at last week’s Area Committee.
A paper on the additional roads’ capital allocation was considered at the Economy and Infrastructure Committee on 4 February and members of Easter Ross Area Committee considered the plans for utilising this resource at area level.
Chair of the Easter Ross Area Committee, Cllr Fiona Robertson, proposed directing the capital programme towards significant improvements in condition of local roads. She said: “We have agreed that the structure and condition of local roads is a high priority for the Easter Ross area and focusing this resource on patching will help to address local concerns about potholes.
As Easter Ross has a total of 23% of the road length in the former Ross and Cromarty area, the capital programme is based on 23% of the 2020/21 Ross and Cromarty Area Capital budget which equates to £239,623.
Members unanimously agreed with Cllr Robertson’s proposal which will see at least 70% of the capital budget used for patching, with more to be used should it be necessary, thereby enhancing the condition of roads in the Tain and Easter Ross area.
Roads included in the planned work are:
- 450m of the U1991 Glen Glass Road 1, north-west of Redburn
- 90m of the U3963 St Duthus Place road in Tain
- 450m of the B9166 Fearn Junction
- 609m of the U1976 Darroch Brae Road, Alness
- 180m of the U1481 Seabanks road, Invergordon
1200m of the C1004 Mains of Arboll – Tarrel 1