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What works are planned for this year?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Highway Structural Maintenance Programme is available on our website on the Progress on Works Programme section.

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Why are some roads treated when other local roads in the area are in a worse condition?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Our approach includes a programme of preventative work such as surface dressing, so does not always select the repair of the worst roads first.

The preventative maintenance strategy is making sure that we get the best value out of our funding. A “worst first” approach has been demonstrated to be over 30% more expensive in the long run as it would allow roads in a reasonable condition to deteriorate, resulting in more costly treatments.

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What is the long term strategy?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Government funding going forward will factor in a highway authority’s approach to asset management principles. For authorities to maximise their grant funding it will be necessary to demonstrate the application of sound asset management principles in determining needs and in investment decision making. Devon has been recognised as one of the top authorities in England for asset management by the Department for Transport and this puts Devon in a good position for the future. However, it is most unlikely that the level of funding will match the level of maintenance need.

Sound asset management principles mean that we prioritise investment in the busiest roads.

Our planned structural maintenance programme is designed to keep assets sound by building resilience and to reduce long term costs. There is also a large surface dressing programme, which restores surface texture, can improve skidding resistance and slow water penetration into the structure of the road thus prolonging its life.

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What funding is available?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Government allocated £40.8 million to Devon County Council in 2017/18 for all highway capital works including carriageways, bridges and structures, street lighting, road restraint systems, drainage features etc.

An additional £10.7 million was secured by the County Council through a successful challenge and incentive fund. Each year an additional amount is spent on revenue functions, such as, salting the roads in winter and grass cutting.

For further information visit our Roads and transport webpages.

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What funding is needed?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

To prevent further deterioration to the structure of Devon’s highway network we need £55 million per year. This would only enable us to keep the highway in its current condition. This includes all roads, footpaths, streetlights, bridges and drainage systems etc. To prevent further deterioration of the road surface, would alone cost £38 million per year.

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What is Devon County Council’s roads maintenance backlog?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The current estimated spending required to bring the most deteriorated road surfaces into good condition is £167 million.

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