Highway Inspections Bideford Quay A386

“Please provide the following information in relation to the highway alongside Bideford Quay, and in particular the section between the Longbridge and the Pill.”

Please find Devon County Council’s response below in bold text.

Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the past year.

Please see table provided here.

Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections in the past year.

Please refer to the table provided above.

Details of how the carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the number of persons in the vehicle.

Carriageway safety inspections are undertaken on a driven basis, with a driver and inspector, at a speed enabling the inspector to observe road surface condition and other associated defects.

The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections;

Carriageway 
Maintenance Category Frequency
3National Primary route1 month
4County Primary route1 month
5Secondary County route1 month
6Local distributor6 month
7Collector road6 month
8Minor collector roadannual
9Service roadannual
10Minor service roadannual
11Minor laneEvery 2 years

Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway, received in the past year.

Please refer to report provided here.

The hierarchy classification – This is a maintenance category 3 – ‘National Primary Route’ inspected monthly as per the above table.

The road/section number – A386

The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes (in other words, this means how they define a pothole as requiring attention)

The defect investigatory criteria adopted in relation to the identification of carriageway safety potholes on all inspected categories of road during safety inspections is as follows:-

“Carriageway Defect – Pothole – A pothole (sharp edged depression or void) is a safety defect when it is over 40 mm deep and it is greater than 300mm in any horizontal direction.”

Q9: The time period adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects;

This relates to carriageway potholes:

Maintenance Category 3 to 6

Immediate Action – Record.

Temporary Action – fill within 24 hours.

Permanent repair within 7 days if permanent material has not been used under previous action.

Maintenance Category 7 to 10

Immediate Action – Record.

Temporary Action – Nil.

Permanent repair within 7 days

Q10: Whether or not the authority has formally adopted all or part of the standards contained within the National Code of Practice for highways maintenance management.

The National Code of Practice for highway maintenance ‘well maintained highways’ was issued by the UK roads board in 2005.  It contains over one hundred specific recommendations and some the Council follows in full and some in part, with local variations to the practices recommended according to the particular circumstance in Devon.