Improvements on A3123 Berry Down Cross

Photo of a 40mph sign

Posted on: 2 March 2020

A road improvement scheme is due to start on the A3123 at Berry Down Cross in North Devon later this month (March).

The road at Berry Down Cross will be closed for five days from Monday 16 March and is due to re-open by Saturday 21 March.

The closure will stretch from Smythen Cross to Berry Down Cross, and will also take in the section of the A3123 from the junction with Long Lane to the junction with Dudmoor Lane junction. A diversion will be signed via the B3230 to Chambercombe, A399 Watermouth and Combe Martin and then the A3123, and vice versa, although local traffic may find alternative routes.

A 40mph speed limit is being introduced as part of the scheme and new signs will be installed to highlight the change.

A number of other measures are also being installed to give motorists advance warning of the sharp bend at Berry Down. These include solar-powered road studs, which illuminate constantly throughout the hours of darkness, and high friction surfacing.

New signs, which are activated by vehicles approaching at excessive speed, will also warn drivers of the upcoming bend and the advisable maximum speed of 20mph.

Photo of Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This road has a history of collisions so I’m sure everyone will welcome these improvements. A number of additional measures such as the signs and road studs will make it clear to motorists that they’re approaching a sharp bend and hopefully it will encourage motorists to take extra care on this road.”

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Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Councillor for Combe Martin Rural, said: “We want traffic to slow down on the A3123 and hopefully the introduction of these measures will make drivers think twice about the speed they’re travelling and to pay attention to the layout of the road. These improvements are not part of the Safer Roads Funding scheme which we’ll aim to get underway later this year and will see additional work carried out on other sections of the road.”

Access will be maintained for homes and businesses within the closure area, although they may have to wait briefly for staff on site to let them through. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

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