A MULTI-million pound investment programme in Wirral's roads is under way as part of the borough's preparations for the Open Golf Championship next year.
The cost of the borough-wide scheme is around £3.5m and it is one of the largest maintenance programmes the borough has ever seen.
A total of 196 roads and pavements are on the council's hit list for resurfacing and rebuilding over the next 12 months.
The programme includes an additional £500,000 to transform the condition of key routes to and from Hoylake, in preparation for The Open golf championship returning to Royal Liverpool in summer 2006.
Cabinet member for transportation Cllr Jeff Green said it was good news that they had managed to find money to improve key routes, but added there remained other roads which still needed work.
He said: "I'm pleased we have been able to get a better distribution of resources to ensure money is being spent across Wirral.
"But I'm also aware there are many roads not up to standard we would want them to be. And if people tell me of roads which need work I will get them inspected."
A technical survey, carried out earlier this year, has seen every single road in Wirral inspected, and results from this assessment have been used to determine the roads most in need of treatment.
Comments from local residents during area forum meetings have also been used to highlight roads in need of repair, and 38 roads were included for an upgrade after community representatives submitted lists of work they considered to be a priority.
Director of technical services at Wirral Council David Green said the council was committed to improving the condition and appearance of roads and pavements and making it make it easier and safer for motorists and pedestrians to travel.
He said: "We are particularly pleased that a large sum of money has been ring-fenced for investing in the road network around the Hoylake and West Kirby area this year.
"We are expecting up to 40,000 visitors a day to The Open golf tournament at Royal Liverpool next summer. There is a huge traffic management plan in place to support this event and we need to have our roads ready for the predicted increase in traffic.
"Many people will be arriving by public transport for the event, but others will come by car. It is our role to ensure a smooth journey and create a lasting impression."
Resurfacing work is due to take place soon in Church Road, Seacombe and Conway Street at its junction with Park Road North in Birkenhead.
The programme will be rolled out to other areas over the next few months in consultation with utility companies.
* TO FIND out if your road is included in this year's road maintenance programme see the Wirral Council website www.wirral.gov.uk/minute/ public/traeng050412rep8a_16040.pdf.
You can contact the council directly about the condition of roads and pavements by phoning the Streetscene call centre on 606 2004, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org