Millions to be spent on resurfacing Swansea's roads
SWANSEA is set to see more than £4 million invested in its pothole-plagued roads.
It is part of the council's budget settlement for 2013/14 and will include resurfacing across the city and county.
Swansea Council's cabinet has approved the allocation of £4.28 million towards a range of highway related schemes.
Under the plans, £2.2 million will be spent on carriageway resurfacing across the city.
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The investment will target schemes already identified as part of the city's Highway Asset Management Plan 2010 to 2015.
June Burtonshaw, the council's cabinet member for Place, said: "Many of our roads are in need of upgrading and will be improved as part of our Highway Asset Management plan.
"This funding will mean we can continue to target the worst affected roads in our city."
Cabinet has also approved further spending, including £405,000 on bridges and retaining walls, over half a million for renewing pavements and £200,000 on drainage works.
Further money is set to be spent resurfacing cycleways in the city. Cemetery roads will also get a £75,000 share.
Investment will also be directed towards the creation of a new highway recycling centre. The council recycles broken up road materials at a site in Ferryboat Close. The materials are then used in the maintenance of roads in the city.
It is the latest round of improvements announced in Swansea.
On top of that scheme, there are also plans in place to update street lighting in Swansea. The money for the project has come from the Welsh Government's Wales-wide borrowing initiative for councils, which was announced in February 2012. Swansea Council has been approved to borrow more than £10.3 million over a three-year period.
The cabinet has agreed on a plan of how the money will be spent in the area.
And the council has now set out its plans for using the money to fund a range of improvements in the city, which includes replacing the lights and traffic signals and further road resurfacing.
Over the next two years the council is planning to use some of the funds to lower energy bills by replacing many of the city's 27,000 street lights with energy saving lamps.
Mrs Burtonshaw, added: "The street lighting scheme should enable the council to provide modern lighting for communities throughout the city.
"Using energy efficient equipment should also give us the opportunity to save around £400,000 in electricity costs."
Work first began in 2012 when a number of lighting columns were replaced after existing ones were found to be damaged.
The next phase of the scheme began in January.