We have to make the most of our existing infrastructure and which means we have to get as much out of a road as we can. We do this by the use of preventative treatments where sites are suitable and affordable, and by planning more expensive reconstruction at an appropriate time. Acting too late means low-cost solutions may be unsuitable. Acting too early means we won’t have the money available for other roads in need, leading to more costly repairs later on and spiralling highway costs.
Our major maintenance programme is reviewed annually. Every public carriageway and footway in East Riding is assessed each year using the latest available data including condition surveys, safety records and input from the highway area engineers.
The data is gathered in autumn in order to put together prioritised lists for the following financial year. The carriageways are split into four lists: one each for A roads, B roads, C roads and Unclassified roads. Footways are split into two lists: Category 1 & 2 footways (busy urban footways) and Category 3 & 4 footways (less busy links and local access footways). Each programme is then developed by working down the prioritised list to make the best use of our available funding.
The capital funding allocation that we receive from the Department of Transport is split between the different lists using an asset-based methodology, taking into consideration the Performance Indicators (PIs) that we report annually. This means that each programme has its own budget attached to it.