War on potholes across Carmarthenshire with £12 million plan
A WAR on potholes will continue across Carmarthenshire this year as part of a £12 million plan to improve roads across the county until 2015.
In his new year address, Carmarthenshire Council leader Kevin Madge pledged to tackle problem roads across the area, continuing work started by the authority in 2012.
During last summer, the first load of improvements was rolled out across the county, with £2.5 to £3 million of the capital funding spent on resurfacing works, half a million to £1 million on footway repairs, £300,000 on lighting column replacements and £500,000 on bridge strengthening.
In total, 82 roads across the county will benefit from resurfacing works this financial year, with 64 of those planned already completed.
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Bridge improvement works include Nant Hir Bridge in Capel Isaac, Pont Cothi in Abergorlech and at Loughor Bridge, as part of a joint scheme with Swansea Council.
A further £750,000 of capital funding has also been allocated for bridge strengthening or replacement works at Star Forge Bridge, Llandyfaelog, near Ferryside, Horsepool Bridge, Laugharne and Piano Bridge, Llanelli.
More than 200 lighting columns across the county will also be replaced by the end of March.
Mr Madge said: "We are committed to doing the best we can for the people of Carmarthenshire and are looking forward to a bright future."
Executive board member for street scene, Councillor Colin Evans, added: "Unfortunately, there has been a large gap between the amount of money needed to bring roads in Wales up to standard and the amount being spent each year, but the condition of our roads is a top concern for residents and this money will allow significant progress to be made."