�2 million repair plan for Devon roads

A TWO million pound million programme of road repairs has been unveiled by Devon County Council. The county has identified 88 schemes throughout the county, covering more than 80 miles of road for an extensive programme of patching ahead of them being re

A TWO million pound million programme of road repairs has been unveiled by Devon County Council.

The county has identified 88 schemes throughout the county, covering more than 80 miles of road for an extensive programme of patching ahead of them being resurfaced in 2010.

Capital funding for the work has been allocated following the effect of last winter which left Devon with an estimated repair bill of around �8 million over and above that of a normal winter.

The council's highway engineers have spent the past few months analysing safety inspections, road condition surveys and reports from the public to identify which roads would benefit most from a share of the funding.


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More than �660,000 is being spent in North and West Devon, improving 22 roads in Bideford, Braunton, Hartland, Holsworthy, Petrockstow, Pyworthy, Sheepwash, South Molton, St Giles in the Wood, St Giles on the Heath and Woolsery.

Major schemes include more than �122,500 of repairs on the Deep Moor Tip road at St Giles in the Wood, and �80,000 from Winswell to North Town in Petrockstow.

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The council has pledged that highway maintenance is one of its priorities and the major investment will target roads where intervention now can protect them from further deterioration.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, the council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "This �2m of funding is not a quick fix, and it won't enable us to repair all of the roads across the county that may need some attention.

"It's not as simple as just throwing extra money at this problem and we have made sure we have taken time to assess the county's roads before making any fundamental decisions.

"I'm delighted that our highways teams have carried out a thorough examination of our road network and have carefully identified roads where we can have the most impact.

"We are targeting over 80 miles of Devon's extensive highway network, and by intervening now, this work will extend the life of these roads for up to another ten years. These may not necessarily be the worst roads in Devon, but by getting them into a fit state for surface dressing we can cover a wider area and repair more roads than if we had just concentrated on a few."

The repair work will be undertaken in rural areas this autumn to prepare minor lanes for surface dressing next summer. Residential streets in large urban areas will also receive a micro-asphalt surfacing treatment.

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