'Roads need investment'

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

A REPORT into road maintenance adds to the debate for increased investment, according to Devon county councillor Margaret Rogers.

A REPORT into road maintenance adds to the debate for increased investment, according to Devon county councillor Margaret Rogers.The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance found that almost 2.5 million roads across England and Wales were dug up in the past year, up by half a million roads on the previous year.Mrs Rogers, executive member for environment, said: "The ALARM survey is a helpful contribution to the continuing debate over road maintenance and the need for increased investment in our highways, especially as Devon has the biggest road network in the country, with more than 8,000 miles to maintain."The growing amount of reinstatement work by utility companies is a concern as the long term damage reduces the life of the road, regardless of the quality of the reinstatements, which often fall below the standards required by the New Road and Street Works Act."The survey also called for an injection into road maintenance budgets to address an investment shortfall.Mrs Rogers said: "The county council aims to carefully manage its highway assets to slowly reduce the backlog figure in the future, and safety defects are being tackled as a priority."However, climate change is also causing additional problems for the structure of roads as the constant wet, mild weather leads to an increase in potholes which have to be filled."DCC, like all highway authorities, carries out safety inspections at regular intervals and repairs hazardous defects to maintain road safety.

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