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Which roads and pavements we look after

Adopted highways are the roads and pavements that we are officially responsible for maintaining.


Following a review of road service provision and in line with government guidance, we will be working on a limited number of projects where it is safe to do so including:

  • road resurfacing and specialist surface schemes
  • gully cleansing and maintenance
  • street lighting maintenance
  • bridges and structures.

There will be delays in responding to non-emergency and non-essential works. All activity will be undertaken with staff working to social distancing guidance.

Critical and emergency works including emergency repairs, road traffic accidents and emergency road defects will continue.

The map is an electronic showing the publicly maintained roads and pavements in County Durham. There may be some omissions of minor rural roads in the west of the County due to absence of formal records.

Adoption agreements are also available, and show new developments within the County which are subject to Road adoption agreements with us. It also shows road and traffic schemes relevant to questions 3.4 and 3.6 on the Con 29R Local Authority search form. To avoid misinterpretation you will only be able to view these features between 1:1250 and 1:10,000 scales. Selecting, i, below on the interactive tools can be used to see extra details about a particular feature.

Information on a map

Adopted footpaths exclude Public Rights of Way. The Definitive Map for County Durham, showing all known public rights of way and parishes, is available separately.

The A1M, A19 and A66 are shown for reference only. These are maintained by the Highways England or their appointed representative.

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