Drainage repairs planned on Honiton to Dunkeswell road

Road closed sign

Posted on: 17 November 2017

Essential drainage repairs will be carried out on the road from Honiton to Dunkeswell, near Combe Raleigh, starting on Monday 4 December.

A culvert on the route has collapsed and needs replacement. The road will be closed for a maximum of five days while work is carried out.

A signed diversion will be in place via the A30, Monkton, Upottery and Smeatharpe, and vice versa.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “It’s essential this culvert is replaced for the safety of people using the road and we’re investing in ensuring it is well maintained. This scheme will involve digging up the road, so it will have to be closed. There’s never a good time to close a road and while we appreciate it will cause some inconvenience, every effort is being made to minimise disruption, so we would advise people to allow extra time for their journey.”

Councillor Ian Chubb

Councillor Iain Chubb, Devon County Councillor for Whimple and Blackdown, said: “The culvert has been deteriorating over the past few years and it is essential for the structure to be replaced in order to maintain the safety of highway users. This is a busy road and the important work will be done to reduce or eliminate the flow of water over the roadway which will help with the sustainability of the road surface and therefore help towards road safety.”

While the road is closed, new gullies will also be installed and other maintenance work will be undertaken.

3 comments on “Drainage repairs planned on Honiton to Dunkeswell road

  1. Jonathan Taylor says:

    Could we have some indication of the likelihood that this work will be complete by Friday and if not then some indication of how the council intend to deal with the potential impacts of snow. The Met Office has issued a snow warning for Friday 8th from midnight Friday morning through to Saturday. There is a real possibility of snow fall in Dunkeswell and this could lead to poor driving conditions along some of the narrow lanes that people are having to use as diversions.

  2. Julie cockett says:

    I agree,your going to have the older generation getting lost in the lanes,it’s not that well directed,a one way system would be much better,as we where finding our way to get to work this morning we had to pass a countless amount of huge lorries,no side pull overs having to reverse long distances back,not happy

  3. Tim says:

    Just seen this and it’s to late to do anything about it, but why the hell do you send traffic in opposite directions via the same route!!! Set up a one way route around and then big lorries wouldn’t be met by vans and car’s as all traffic is going the same way.

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