New ‘pragmatic’ approach to road repairs

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Posted on: 17 May 2016

A new approach to dealing with highway safety defects across Devon was rubber stamped today by Devon County Council’s ruling Cabinet.  

Road safety defects that are the most likely to have the biggest impact on motorists, cyclists and pedestrians  will be dealt with in a more pragmatic way.

The new policy includes a risk based approach to dealing with highway safety defects like potholes, water on roads, landslips and dangerous trees, and sets out how often highways inspections should be carried out.

Highways officers will be able to assess the level of risk of a defect causing a danger or serious inconvenience to road users, like large potholes or trips over 20mm in footways, when making a decision on how soon the defect should be fixed.

This will ensure that safety defects that are almost certain to seriously impact highway users are made safe quickly, while allowing less serious defects to be repaired over a longer timescale.

This will enable a planned response which is more efficient to carry out and can provide a more resilient repair.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Highways said: “This revised policy  will enable us to deal with highway safety defects in an easier to understand way, if a defect is likely to cause a problem it will be fixed as a priority, less serious defects are likely to still be fixed but in a more cost efficient way as part of a programme of work.

“Devon Highways is following national best practice in its development of highway safety policy in addition to emerging changes at the national level which we want to be ready for, rather than having less time to react to change too late in the day.”

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