Fifty of the worst potholed stretches of Scotland’s major routes are to be resurfaced in a £15 million project announced by transport minister Humza Yousaf today.
It comes two months after The Scotsman highlighted the country’s motorways were in a worse condition and deteriorating faster than other roads.
The work, between now and March, will cover 25 roads including the M8, M9, M90 and M74.
Other trunk roads to win repairs include the A82, A90 and A77.
Repairs will also be made to the carriageway of the Kincardine Bridge over the Forth, which was opened 80 years ago tomorrow.
The Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency, which is responsible for trunk roads, aid the spending was being targeted “at the sections of the network that need it most”.
A spokeswoman said: “The additional resurfacing to address wear and tear will address potholes and reduce the need for more expensive and disruptive major maintenance at a later date.”
The proportion of motorways which need resurfacing increased from 30 to 42 per cent in three years, according to figures from public spending watchdog Audit Scotland published in August.
By contrast, the figure for other roads - which are maintained by councils - remained unchanged at 37 per cent.
Motorways have been historically the country’s best-maintained roads, but the watchdog’s report said less was being spent on them, with more patching work rather than more significant repairs.
It said Transport Scotland had cut spending on trunk roads by 4 per cent to £162 million over the three-year period between 2011-12 and 2014-15.
A motoring group expressed delighted at the repairs announcement.
Neil Greig, policy and research director of IAM RoadSmart, said: “This is fantastic news.
“The state of our roads is the most consistent concern among drivers, and IAM RoadSmart have been concerned that a focus on big projects may be leading to problems with maintaining the roads we already have.
“Investment in both is needed, of course, but this will be a welcome boost to driver and rider comfort and safety on Scotland’s most important routes.
“ With traffic on the up, no government can afford to neglect our roads, as any short-term neglect simply leads to higher bills in the future.”
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) spokesman Colin Borland: “Poorly maintained highways are a huge problem for local small businesses who rely on their car or van to get about and do business.
“FSB therefore welcomes today’s announcement.
“But we can’t forget our local roads. With around a third of them in an unacceptable condition, we need a plan to get them up to scratch alongside the investment in the motorway network.”
Mr Yousaf said: “While our trunk routes remain in overall good condition, it is clear that extra investment could make further improvements.
“Careful thought has been given about how to get the most out of this new funding, and it is being used on projects that will help prolong the life of the network.”
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