Crumbling roads get funding boost

An astonishing 46.8% of South Ayrshire's roads have been identified as in needs of treatment
An astonishing 46.8% of South Ayrshire's roads have been identified as in needs of treatment

Motorists in Carrick are set to feel the benefit of improvements to some of the area’s worst kept roads following a funding decision.

The council’s leadership panel approved a road improvement plan at a meeting on Tuesday.

Over £3m is set to be spent on works across South Ayrshire which will include resurfacing, screeding and surface dressing.

An astonishing 46.8% of South Ayrshire’s roads have been identified as in need of treatment and it is hoped that this money will go a long way to improving those figures.

The notorious A714 Girvan-Newton Stewart road will see several works carried out on the route.

The Main Street at Pinwherry from junction B743 to the bridge will be resurfacedwhile resurfacing will also be carried out on the section of the road by Blair Farm.

The route between Blair Farm and Corwar Farm will also be resurfaced and villagers will also see the route from the Barrhill Memorial Hall to the 30mph sign resurfaced.

Other routes to be resurfaced include the B741 Girvan to Dailly road which will be resurfaced north from the Dailly toll, the A719 Maidens- Ayr route from the Pennyglen area to Balchriston, various sections of the B702 in Crosshill and the B742 road at Nether Culzean. Screeding will be applied on the C1 Straiton forestry route whilst surface dressing will be put on the B7045 road at Kirkmichael which is a major timber route.

The funding for the improvement works is made up of £1.5m of capital investment , £1.3m of revenue funding and a £242,000 grant from the Scottish Timber Transport group.

In December last year, the council’s budget freed up £10m over five years for the Ayrshire Roads Alliance to improve the state of the roads in South Ayrshire.