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Exeter potholes earmarked for repair

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

By Anne Byrne

  • Potholes in Honiton Road

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>Devon County Council has revealed that sections of the main route through Heavitree from Sowton will be resurfaced next financial year. But one councillor says that while motorists are resigned to coping with the battle-scarred road the repairs can't come soon enough.

As these pictures reveal, the road is marked with uneven surfaces, potholes and collapsed drains.

One particularly bad section is the anti-skid surface on the junction of Fore Street with Whipton Lane and Butts Road.

Tyna Crow, city councillor for the ward, said: "People have said to me that the roads are dreadful – it's a huge issue across the whole place.

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"My feeling is, from talking to residents, that they realise that the problems are caused by the bad weather and the county council is trying to get things done as quickly as they can.

"But I suspect that once the bad weather goes and the road is not repaired then the complaints will increase."

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon's cabinet member for Exeter and as chairman of the Exeter and Devon joint highways committee, said: "All of these roads are getting repaired as we get around to them. It has been a bad winter and holes are being filled as they are being reported.

"It is very important that people report faults as they find them." Works planned for next year include a section of resurfacing on East Wonford Hill, between Rifford Road and Salters Road.

There are also two sections earmarked for patching and replacement of high skid resistance surfacing, one near St Loyes Road, and the other being the Butts Road junction.

Sections of the road were resurfaced last year.

A spokesman for the county council said: "During and following the storm events of last year their efforts have mostly been concentrated on Stoke Road, Stoke Hill, Pennsylvania area and Church Hill, Pinhoe."

Is there a road surface near you that is particularly bad? Contact reporter Anne Byrne at abyrne@expressandecho.co.uk or on 01392 442233.

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