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Maintaining roads

Funding and priorities

Devon County Council’s highway maintenance budget is broken down for planned repairs to highways; repairing safety defects, salting roads in winter, street lighting, repairing drains, cutting grass and other operations.

Our priority is to keep busier roads in a serviceable condition. With additional funding, we are also able to place greater emphasis on our ‘C’ category and unclassified roads.

Funding for Devon County Council’s Highways and Traffic Management service is either a capital or a revenue allocation.

Capital spend

Capital spend is investment in an asset, such as resurfacing, construction schemes, and replacing drainage and retaining walls.

Revenue spend

Revenue spend covers day-to-day costs, including work that maintains the value of an asset. Some examples are safety defect repairs (including potholes), minor drainage repairs, grass cutting and winter maintenance. It also includes the running costs, such as staffing, premises and income received from licences.

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