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Maintaining roads

Funding and priorities

We have £78.2 million funding for highway maintenance in 2018/19. We will spend over £48 million on planned repairs to highways; the rest is spent on repairing safety defects, salting roads in winter, street lighting, repairing drains, cutting grass and other operations. (update for 19/20)

Our priority is to keep busier roads in a serviceable condition with the limited resources we have available.

Funding for Devon County Council’s Highways and Traffic Management service is either a Capital or a Revenue allocation.

Capital expenditure reflects investment in an asset and is defined as “expenditure which adds to, and not merely maintains, the value of a fixed asset”, such as resurfacing, construction schemes, replace existing features such as drainage and retaining walls.

Revenue expenditure covers day to day expenditure and income, including works which maintain, rather than increase, the value of a fixed asset. Some example of revenue items are works involving repair of safety defects, minor drainage repairs, grass cutting and winter maintenance. It also includes the running costs of the service, such as staffing, premises costs and income received from licences etc.

See our Financial Framework for further information regarding how our funding is allocated.

Throughout the year there are opportunities to apply for extra government funding, such as the Pothole Action Fund, to deliver improvements.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for please take a look at our help and support page where we’ve brought together the answers to our most commonly asked questions.

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