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.