Improvement schemes have started on a number of Norfolk roads after a £22m funding boost.

The county has received more than any other local authority in the East of England for maintenance and repairs to roads, bridges, pavements and cycle paths following the government funding announcement in May. 

A spokesman for the county council said the work, which it described as one of the “largest schemes”, will not only repair roads but help to prevent potholes opening up. 

The works, set for completion by the end of next March, include £140,000 resurfacing of the A1122 in Downham Market and repairs to several Fen roads.  

Martin Wilby, the council’s cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “I’m very pleased to see work now underway as communities across the county will benefit from the £22m funding that has made a range of schemes possible, including more than £880,000 repairs and improvements to a number of Fen roads that have been badly affected by recent hot summers.”

He added: “A strong Norfolk economy needs good infrastructure so the extra money for Norfolk means we can do more to maintain and improve our highway network to help support sustainable growth.”

The extra money is in addition to the council’s existing highways maintenance budget for the year of £38.6m.

Resurfacing projects include the A1076 at King’s Lynn at the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the A148/Blackfriars Road in Lynn, Stanley Road in Roydon and the A1122 approach to the level crossing at Downham.

A total of £72,000 has been earmarked for resurfacing the A148 at Lynn just west of the pedestrian crossing near the King Edward VII Academy along towards the Gaywood Tesco store.

Also set for repairs: The B1112 Stoke Road at Methwold; B1155 Burnham Road at Stanhoe; Mullicourt and Pincushion roads at Outwell; Cock Fen Road, Flint House Road at Upwell; Sedge Fen Road at Southery; Black Drove, Marshland St James; Fen and Mill roads at Magdalen and Thiefgate Lane /Low Road at Saddlebow.