Devon’s roads to get extra £2.5m for improvements and repairs

Article Posted on: February 14, 2017

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Roads in Devon are set to benefit from an extra £2.5million of funding.

Devon County Council has announced plans to pump an additional £2million in rural roads and an extra £500,000 for highway drainage.

The money will be used to improve road surfaces and long-term repairs to add life and resilience to roads.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highway management, said: ‘I welcome this additional funding for rural roads and highway drainage.

‘It is good news for people living in rural communities and will go some way towards addressing some of the problems on our rural network.

‘The funding for draining improvements will target areas where water is on the highway, which damages the surface.

‘This will help us protect our infrastructure by preventing water getting into the roads.’

Devon’s road network needs around £55million every year to maintain its current condition, but the authority is facing an annual shortfall.

About £23million of the £38million allocated to the county council from the Department for Transport this financial year is available to spend on roads as the money is also used for traffic signals, streetlights, bridge repairs and more.

Source: http://www.middevonadvertiser.co.uk/article

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