Staffordshire County council will hand an additional £20 million to contractors for road maintenance projects staring in April.
The impromptu two-year plan has been green-lighted by council bosses in a bid to make long-term savings on ad hoc repairs.
Staffordshire’s highways chief, councillor Mike Maryon said: “Investing now makes real financial sense to avoid more costly repairs later on, but it is also important to have a top class transport network for the county economy to thrive and residents to get good jobs. This is particularly important in our rural areas which play a vital part in job creation activities such as tourism. This is why we are including rural roads of local concern into the programme this time.
Council bosses said they had squeezed the extra cash out of head office efficiencies and closures to other council buildings.
“The proposal is in line with our approach to running the council, which is to invest in new ways of doing things to ultimately save money for the under-pressure taxpayer. Using savings from money that we have created from not doing silly things like having too many buildings, being more innovative and efficient in how we work with and reinvesting it in to Staffordshire is common sense,” added Maryon.