PLANS to keep traffic moving on a county’s roads in the coming year will seek formal approval next week.

Despite tight resources, Durham County Council sets out how it aims to direct investment to ensure a, “safe, serviceable and sustainable”, highways network into 2023.

The council’s Cabinet will be asked to back the Transport Asset Management Plan at its meeting on January 19.

Featuring 2,356 miles of carriageway, 487 bridges and 82,423 street lighting columns, the road network is the council’s largest and highest value asset.

It plans to continue to seek increasing funding support for maintenance and repairs, following the £30m invested in road improvement schemes across the county, including £10.43million by the council, in 2020/2021.

Funding of £24m was also provided by the Department for Transport, after the council secured Challenge Award support for much-needed refurbishment of New Elvet Bridge, in Durham, plus other cash for countywide pothole repairs.

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