Drop-in event about North Devon Link Road maintenance work

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Posted on: 3 August 2018

A community drop-in event will be held next month to provide people with details of upcoming highway maintenance work on a 6.5km section of the North Devon Link Road near Tiverton.

Devon County Council and contractor Mildren Construction will host the event at Sampford Peverell Village hall on Tuesday 14 August, from 2pm until 6pm – providing information on work involved in the scheme from Junction 27 of the M5 to east of Gornhay Junction.

The first phase of the County Council’s £5 million upgrade of the road surface and drainage on sections of the A361 has been completed. The western section of the A361, from Bolham roundabout to east of Gornhay Junction, was resurfaced during the recent development of the new junction, east of Tiverton.

Work has ceased over the summer months and are is due to resume from Monday 3 September, with Mildren Construction carrying out the next phase of work, from Junction 27 of the M5 to east of Gornhay Cross, Tiverton.

The scheme involves resurfacing on both carriageways, waterproofing two bridges, drainage work, and replacement of signs and safety barriers.

During the first few weeks of September, traffic management will be established to enable one lane of traffic to cross over from Junction 27 to the eastbound carriageway. This will run in contra flow for 2.5 km, maintaining two lanes westbound with one lane eastbound. This work is due to be completed before the Christmas break.

Highway maintenance for the next 4km section will start in the new year under separate lane closures and overnight closures and contra flow arrangements. The scheme is due to be completed by the end of Spring 2019.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This drop-in event is an opportunity for people to see

Councillor Stuart Hughes

the work that’s planned and the traffic management that will be involved. This is essential work and a lot of planning is going into minimising disruption when it gets underway.”

Councillor Colin Slade, Devon County Councillor for Tiverton East, said: “I am really pleased that local residents will have this great opportunity to meet with us and our contractors so that they will be fully informed about the forthcoming work and how it may affect them. I would urge all concerned to attend if possible.”

Councillor Ray Radford, Devon County Councillor for Willand and Uffculme, said: “Any interested person should go along to the public exhibition at Sampford Peverell

Cllr Ray Radford

on the 14 Aug. You will be able to meet the contractor who will be able to explain the challenges that they will face. This is a necessary major scheme and any disruption will be kept to a minimum.”

Devon County Council made a successful bid for £4.25 million from the Department for Transport for the resurfacing scheme on the A361, with the remainder of the funding from the County Council and developer contributions.

For more information and to sign up for alerts for this scheme please visit a361.today and click here.

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