Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council highways have been nominated for two awards for their innovative approach to tackle drought damaged roads.
The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Innovation Awards and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) East of England Project of the Year Award, have both selected the drought damage roads programme as a finalist for the way the teams have worked together between the two authorities to work on the issue.
The project not only includes working together but the innovative way the work is being done, which involves reconstructing from the top road surface through to the foundations and recycling the existing road material where possible.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “The awards have been extremely competitive, with organisations taking part from across the UK and we’re delighted to have been shortlisted in both categories.
“We’ve worked closely with Peterborough during the planning of this work to ensure we minimised disruption to the public as much as possible.”
Cllr Peter Hiller, Cabinet Member for Growth, Planning, Housing and Economic Development at Peterborough City Council said: “The improvements on the Peterborough roads are almost complete, with only two roads to go. This will make a big difference for the motorists that use these roads. We are delighted that the scheme has been recognised in this way.
“Last year Peterborough roads scored highly (23 out of 112 authorities) in 2017 National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey which asks motorists for their views on the roads in their area. Schemes like this will only help to improve our roads for the future.”
The scheme to repair roads affected by extreme weather conditions was made possible thanks to a successful joint bid by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to the Department for Transport.
A total of £3.5million was secured for the scheme, seven sections of road are complete in Peterborough, with only two roads to go and another 11 in Cambridgeshire. This fund has been topped up by both councils bringing the total investment to £6.25million.
The winners for the APSE awards will be announced at a presentation evening on Thursday 22 March.
The winners for CIHT East of England will be announced on Saturday 12 May.