Kirkcaldy councillors agree £800,000 package of road and pavement repairs

Over £800,000 of road and pavement repairs and road safety measures have been approved for the year ahead by Kirkcaldy councillors.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 8:00 am

Nearly £500,000 of the grant will be used to repair carriageways, with £218,000 and £126,000 set aside to repair pavements and install safety measures respectively.

Among the top priority roadworks agreed by the Kirkcaldy area committee today (Tuesday) are the resurfacing of Cairns Street West, Christine Place, Broom Road, Forth Avenue Industrial Estate and Templehall Avenue in Kirkcaldy, as well as Burntisland's Aytoun Crescent and Main Street in Auchtertool.

A £2,000 grant will see a study carried out on the A909 between Grange Farm and Dollar Road in Burntisland to assess the repairs needed on the road, which is often damaged by heavy goods vehicles.

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Elsewhere in the Lang Toun pavements on Chapehill, Meldrum Road, Redcraigs, Rosabelle Street and West Torbain will be improved, and road safety measures including traffic calming chicanes and vehicle-activated speed signs will be installed on Hendry Road and Huntly Crescent.

Dunnikier Way will also gain a new pedestrian crossing, while a new humped crossing will be created on Auchtertool's Main Street outside the primary school.

The programme of works has been formulated following discussions between officers and elected members, based on feedback from the public and community councils as well as road engineers.

Ken Gourlay, head of transportation, said in his report to councillors that not every scheme planned can be enacted under Fife's ever-shrinking capital budget for roads and some were less of a priority.

These "category 2" repairs include road works on Kirkcaldy's Broom Road, Kinghorn High Street and Windmill Road in Dysart, and pavement works along Nairn Street and Victoria Road.

However, roads consultant Neil Watson told elected members there were "fairly strong" indications of there being additional money available following next week's budget meeting - suggesting the projects lower in the pecking order could be considered within the next 12 months.

Committee convener and Labour councillor Neil Crooks added: "Hopefully at budget time we'll be celebrating coming back with more roadworks to be done, with money provided by this administration."