Scarred roads in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Lennoxtown and beyond set for £21m makeover

Photograph Jamie Forbes 30.1.13. Woodstock Avenue, Kirkintilloch.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 30.1.13. Woodstock Avenue, Kirkintilloch.

POTHOLE-riven roads in East Dunbartonshire are in line for a multi-million pound boost.

The council has drawn up a list of routes which will be revamped in the coming financial year – which begins in April – and also the following three years.

The authority sees road maintenance as a “high priority” and has ring-fenced more than £21.5million to be spent between 2013 and 2017 on areas of most need.

Roads being upgraded in the coming year include:

* Westermains Avenue, Woodstock Avenue, Woodhead Avenue, Parkburn Avenue and Redbrae Road in Kirkintilloch

* Davidson Crescent/Johnstone Terrace and Shirva Road, Twechar

* Larch Avenue/Crescent and Millersneuk Drive, Lenzie

* Campsie Road and Antermony Road, Milton of Campsie

* Boclair Crescent, Carisbrook Crescent, Fern Avenue, Crinan Road/Gardens, Pentland Drive and Emerson Road/Lee Crescent, Bishopbriggs

* Campsie Road, Torrance

* Craigmaddie Road, Balmore

In addition, the council will spend £89,000 on Service Street, Lennoxtown; £93,000 on Alder Road, Milton of Campsie; £64,000 on Kenmure Avenue, Bishopbriggs; and £70,000 on the Townhead/Kirkintilloch Road junction in Kirkintilloch.

A spokesperson said projects are selected on a priority basis following inspections by officers.

The £5.325million programme for 2013/14 was given the green light by the development and infrastructure committee last Tuesday.

The news will be welcomed by locals, many of whom have raised concerns with the Herald over potholes.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener, said: “The council is earmarking a significant amount of money for roads, and investment will be targeted firstly in areas of priority.

“Drivers and pedestrians should notice huge differences once projects are complete, however, it would be a pretence to suggest that this will solve all the challenges we face with our roads. While this investment is good news, we all know that we need additional resources.

“As well as the £5.3m capital programme, we continue to respond to road safety defects as they appear through our regime of inspections and when reported to us by the public.”

A series of footpaths will also be worked on by the council during 2013/14. They include:

* Meiklehill Road, Eastergreens Avenue, Braes O’Yetts, Woodstock Avenue, Clarinda Court, Highfield Road, Highfield Grove and Applecross Road, Kirkintilloch

* Kirkintilloch Road, Lenzie

* Juniper Drive, Milton of Campsie

* Cloan Crescent, Bishopbriggs

In addition, the play area at Friarscroft, Kirkintilloch, will get a £20,000 boost and traffic lights will be upgraded in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs.

Work worth £60,000 will take place on speed cushions on Twechar, while £20,000 will be spent on traffic calming in Meadowburn.

The council is also planning to spend £130,000 on Oxgang Bridge, Kirkintilloch, and £75,000 on the structure at Bridgeway Road, Kirkintilloch.

Drainage work has been scheduled for 2013/14 in Lennoxtown and Twechar.

As well as the roads, the council is currently organising a survey of its 18,000 street lights with the aim of replacing the current bulbs with more energy-efficient LEDs to cut energy costs. This would be a £6.6m spend-to-save project.

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