Walking and cycling routes in Lichfield and Burntwood are set to be improved as part of a £38million project.
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet has approved the funding, which will see more than £30million spent on ongoing repairs and maintenance of roads.
But a portion of the money will also be spent creating better routes for cyclists and walkers between Burntwood and Chasewater, as well as along the towpath near Fradley Park.
Other new road projects expected to benefit from the cash include the Lichfield Southern Bypass.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Helen Fisher, said: “Good roads are important for communities and for businesses, not just for getting from A to B safely, but for supporting economic growth and better access to jobs, education and learning.
“Maintaining and investing in our huge 6,000km road network, at a time of enormous pressure on council budgets, remains an issue. The particularly cold winter and bouts of snow also have an impact, both in terms of increasing the cost of gritting our major roads to keep people on the move, but also the growing repair bill for roads damaged by the freezing conditions.
“We are spending more every year on social care and when the income we receive from Government is reducing we have to strike a careful balance on where we spend taxpayers’ money.
“We have committed an extra £5m this year to go some way to tackling the historic backlog of low-risk potholes and this annual plan sets out priorities for further maintenance and investment in our roads.”