Exmouth urged to report potholes

HIGHWAYS bosses are urging Exmouth residents to report potholes.

HIGHWAYS bosses are urging Exmouth residents to report potholes.

Record numbers of potholes were filled on Exmouth’s roads last year and there are concerns that this winter’s harsh weather could cause similar damage.

The latest cold spell and recent thaw has seen potholes starting to appear and teams are carrying out temporary repairs to ensure that the county’s roads remain as safe as possible.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “It’s too early to predict to what extent the recent severe weather may have damaged our roads, but it’s likely to have again caused considerable damage for a third winter in a row. We still need members of the public to be our eyes and ears and report potholes to us because our road network is a vital asset for the local economy, local business and tourism. Our teams are responding to these reports and over the coming weeks and months we’ll be keeping a watchful eye on the situation.”

Devon County Council repaired nearly 200,000 potholes and safety defects on its 8,000 mile network in 2010 as around �11 million was spent on reactive repairs and resurfacing highways damaged by last winter.

That dwarfs the 40,000 potholes filled in 2009, which in itself was double the usual amount during a normal year.

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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 155 100

Do you have a pothole in your road? Email pictures and details to: sally.cowling@archant.co.uk