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How do you decide what repairs are done and when?
Our budget is limited and demand for maintenance work always exceeds the budget available to us. We have to set priorities across all maintenance work areas.
Highway defects are inspected to assess the risk they present to road users and determine the priority for its repair. This assessment takes into consideration:
This assessment allows defects to be subdivided into two categories:
Where possible, we aim to repair defects within the above time frames. However, as public sector funding has come under increasing pressure and as the number of winter related defects occurring has increased significant in the previous three years this is not always possible. Our priority is always to keep the highway safe and so the repair of emergency (category 1) defects is our utmost priority.