Devon County Council believes that there may be 1,000 substandard repairs to holes in the roads throughout the county, which remain unidentified and would cost more than £211,000 to put right.
It is estimated that the cost of repairing all of the reinstatements (repairs in the roads which have been cause by utility works) that have not met required standards since 2005 could potentially be around £4 million, and this does not include any costs to the travelling public or to the local economy due to additional disruption.
The figure was reached through the county council’s coring programme, which sampled 197 randomly selected reinstatements, from between October 2008 and March 2009.
Utility companies have been given until Friday, February 26 to complete remedial works on the defective reinstatements which have been found in this year’s programme.
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