Highway Adoption

Adopted Roads
The majority of roads in Redcar & Cleveland are part of the adopted highway network, which is to say that the Council as Highway Authority maintains the roads on behalf of the public. Roads comprising of public highways are classed as adopted roads.

Private Roads.
Private roads are the responsibility of individual/private bodies, not open to the public in general and actually privately owned by one or more individuals. Private roads maybe adopted providing they are to adoptable standards. These are not maintained at public expense. This means that the Council as Highway Authority, is under no obligation to carry out repairs, street cleansing or provide street lighting, even though it could be a public right of way to which highway and traffic law can be applied.

New development.
New roads that have been constructed in accordance with the Council's guidelines and the lodging of a bond become adopted by way of a signed agreement between the developer and the Council. In the unfortunate event that the developer should go into receivership, the bond monies are called in and used to complete the works and the road is formally adopted. Routinely, a road will remain unadopted for a period of one year after completion (the "Maintenance Period") then, if no major defects are found after that time, adoption will then take place.
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