Pothole repair programme under way

DEVON County Council is preparing to launch an emergency inspection regime to identify and repair potholes caused by the recent freezing temperatures.

DEVON County Council is preparing to launch an emergency inspection regime to identify and repair potholes caused by the recent freezing temperatures.

Within the next week, the county council will have special teams from its contractor SWH looking for potholes and defects on as much of Devon's 8,000 mile road network as possible.

They will complete an emergency intermediate repair to them as they find them over the next few weeks, starting with the busier main roads. That will make the network as safe as possible and provide Devon with a detailed picture of how much damage has been caused by the recent cold weather. As the big freeze was so prolonged, it is expected that the estimated repair bill will exceed that of last year, which was around �11 million over and above that of a normal winter.

The county council has fixed almost 40,000 potholes already this financial year - double the usual amount - following last winter's severe weather, which was colder than the 30 year average.


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Potholes and safety defects on the county's roads can be reported online at www.devon.gov.uk or by calling 0845 155 1004.

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