Almost £8.5 million has been allocated to repair roads and prevent potholes forming in County Durham.
Durham County Council has been awarded the money from the Department for Transport’s Pothole and Challenge Bid funds.
The funding is in addition to the £30 million already committed by the council for 2020-21 to help repair local highways in the county and will be spent on highway maintenance to improve the overall condition of the network.
It will help to strengthen the council’s rolling programme of resurfacing and sealing road surfaces.
Some of the funding will also be used to maintain other assets such as bridges and drainage systems.
Resurfacing works resumed across the county on 24 April following a break in services caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Council officers are now working on a programme that will address the backlog of works that are needed, at the best value.