We are responsible for maintaining and repairing most public highways in Suffolk (the public highway consists of any verge, footway, carriageway, bridleway or footpath whether or not maintained at public expense and over which the public has a right of way), but we are not responsible for:
- Trunk roads (A11, A12, A14 in Suffolk) (PDF, 89KB) which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency
- private roads which are usually the responsibility of the people who access their properties from the private road.
We have to fulfill a number of statutory duties in our role as Highway Authority for these roads, many of which are contained in the Highways Act 1980. The Highway Maintenance Operational Plan sets out our approach to providing the highway maintenance service to meet our statutory duties.
In this section
We assess, maintain, and strengthen bridges in Suffolk to comply with European Union requirements.
A range of cycling facilities are provided throughout Suffolk for you to use.
Processing applications for vehicular accesses (dropped kerbs)
We aim to provide and maintain as far as possible safe and accessible public highways.
We provide a 24/7 response for highway emergencies on the public highway.
Working with freight and haulage companies to ensure that lorries use the most suitable routes and roads to travel through or deliver goods in Suffolk.
Obstructions on roads and footways can restrict access and are a potential safety hazard.
Kerbside parking is controlled in a variety of ways. Drivers must look out for parking restrictions and obey the regulations.
Most roads are highways maintainable at public expense by us. Private roads are unadopted and privately maintained.
If you are planning a sporting event, social event or entertainment to be held on a public road, you will need to apply for a Special Events Order.
Why a temporary traffic restriction or road closure may be needed, including when it is necessary to prohibit or control traffic.
We make every effort to complete works efficiently with minimum disruption.
Enabling the sponsorship of roundabouts to enhance their appearance
Maintaining signs, lines and street furniture on the public highway