Councillors have approved an extra £2 million to improve Aberdeenshire’s roads over the next two years.
Policy and resources committee members heard that December’s storms and the prolonged winter had put the road network under considerable strain - resulting in more than the annual £11million budget being required for resurfacing work.
The weather resulted in more damage to the roads, and the increased need to repair potholes and other defects.
Councillor Jim Gifford, policy and resources committee chair, said: “Our roads are of key importance to our residents and businesses. Despite having
some of the best road conditions in Scotland, our residents regularly tell us we need to invest more money in improving them.
“We have listened and responded by committing a further £2 million over the next two years in our roads.”
The work will involve a rolling programme of repairs and maintenance to roads and bridges.
Much of the work will be structural maintenance which will be planned in advance to take into account weather conditions, and the impact on the travelling
Aberdeenshire has a roads network of more than 3,300, 1327 road bridges and more than 44,000 street lights and illuminated traffic signs.