Maintaining roads

Fences and barriers

Fences

If there is a problem with a privately-owned fence we will contact the landowner.

We will take action if a boundary fence maintained by Devon County Council has:

  • become dangerous due to impact or other damage
  • become ineffective for stock-proofing
  • an exposed length of tubular metal.

We will:

  • record the problem
  • put up signs and cones around the problem
  • arrange for livestock to be removed from the highways
  • ensure that any fence we own is stock-proofed by the end of the next working day
  • carry out a permanent repair within two months.

Barriers – road restraint systems

Road restraint systems include:

  • vehicular restraint systems
  • safety fences
  • pedestrian guardrails.

We will take action if the barrier:

  • has obvious impact damage – for example from a traffic collision
  • is missing completely
  • has loose or obviously out of date components.

We will:

  • record the problem
  • put signs and cones round the problem by the end of the next working day
  • carry out a permanent repair within one month.

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