Roads across Devon will receive a funding boost
More than £3m of Pothole Action Funding is to be used to fund over 250 road repair schemes across Devon.
Devon County Council has announced the roads which will be repaired using its £3.192m allocation from the government.
Most of the work will be patching, but resurfacing work will also be carried out. To ensure the funding is spent in the areas of most need, the funding allocations have been determined using pothole frequency data.
The programme includes:
- More than £250,000 allocated for roads in Exeter
- Over £210,000 in the Torrington area
- Around £182,000 in the Holsworthy area
- More than £180,000 for the divisions covering the Bideford area
- Over £146,000 for Axminster, more than £132,000 in the South Molton area
- Over £130,000 in Newton St Cyres
- Around £83,000 in the Broadclyst and Whimple area
- More than £62,000 in the South Brent and Dartington area
- Over £51,000 in the Cullompton area
- More than £51,000 in the Exminster and Kenton division
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “This investment of more than £3m is being spent on roads that need it the most and are local priorities, and we’re making sure that the money goes as far as possible.
“With the biggest road network of any local authority in the country it’s impossible to repair every road in Devon that needs attention but we’re making the best use of the money we’ve been given by government.”
The Pothole Action Funding is in addition to the £44,325,000 of capital funding for highway maintenance which the county council has received from the Department for Transport for 2017/18.
However, this is not only used to cover the cost of road repairs but also goes towards maintenance of pavements, street lighting, traffic signals, bridges, drainage systems, safety barriers and public rights of way, among other work.
Devon’s 8,000 mile road network needs around £55m of capital investment every year to maintain its current condition.
The Pothole Action Fund repair schemes have to be completed before April. The full list of schemes is available here.