More than 17,000 potholes reported in Devon this year
More than 17,100 potholes have been reported in Devon this year, highways bosses have reported.
Devon County Council told the BBC that, since 1 January, it was informed of more than 15,500 holes in the road.
Plymouth reported 139 potholes up to 27 February and Torbay Council said it had more than 275 reported. The Highways Agency said it dealt with 190 on trunk routes.
Local authorities in the Westcountry are assessing the rising cost to highways of the recent heavy rain, flooding and landslips, with early estimates suggesting the final tally will top £20 million.
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This comes as a major survey says the region's crumbling roads contain an average of 5.2 potholes for every mile.
The county council told the BBC it had repaired about 13,400 potholes so far this year, at an average cost of about £40 each, costing about £536,000. Adding that it aimed to repair large potholes on major roads, well-used pavements and cycleways within one working day of being reported.
In Exeter Stuart Road in Heavitree has been nominated as one of the most potholed in the city. One pothole at the top of the road is estimated to be between four and five inches deep and about 18 inches around.
The state of the road was first highlighted in the Echo two years ago – and little has changed since then as it has again been highlighted by residents as being in dire need of repair.