Why are some roads treated when other local roads in the area are in a worse condition?

Our approach includes a programme of preventative work such as surface dressing, so does not always select the repair of the worst roads first. The preventative maintenance strategy is making sure that we get the best value out of our funding. A “worst first” approach has been demonstrated to be over 30% more expensive in the long run as it would allow roads in a reasonable condition to get worse such that they then need more costly treatments.


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