County calls for help to fix Devon’s pothole problems
13:00 17 January 2014
DEVON COUNTY Council has issued a plea, asking for residents’ help to tackle the worsening problem of potholes on the county’s roads.
As the situation deteriorates across Devon due to the recent flooding and heavy rain, there is now concern that freezing conditions could make matters worse.
But prompt action by residents could help to speed up repairs.
In Exmouth, there have been three bad potholes that have been causing problems for drivers in the past week or so.
A large pothole emerged on Hulham Road, near the junction of Littlemead Road and Marley Road. Water was gushing from the hole. Motorists were finding it hazardous, and cyclists were particularly at risk. The issue has now been rectified.
Two other large potholes – at Douglas Avenue and on Marpool Hill – have also been causing issues. Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management and flood prevention, said: “We are targeting all of our highways resources at the clean-up and repair operations in the aftermath of the latest storms.
“As yet we don’t know the full extent of the damage, as we are still assessing our 8,000-mile road network, which is the biggest of any authority in the country.
“But we have 26 teams across the county identifying repairing potholes and safety defects and carrying out urgent drainage clearance.
“We had already repaired around 92,000 potholes in 2013 and we anticipate spending around £7.5 million on all safety defect and pothole repairs this financial year.
“The concern now is not only the damage caused by the recent flooding and heavy rain, but the detrimental effect on the roads should we suffer the freezing conditions which are forecast.”
DCC says that local residents can help speed up road repairs.
People can report potholes and other damage using the online form at www.devon.gov.uk/pothole or by calling 0845 155 1004.
DCC says it aims to repair potholes on most roads within seven days and on all by 28 days.