North Devon Link Road resurfacing upgrade to start in the new year
Posted on: 20 December 2017
A £5 million upgrade of the North Devon Link Road’s surface and drainage will get underway early in the new year.
Over 10km of the A361 will be resurfaced on both carriageways as part of the Devon County Council scheme, which is being funded by the Council’s successful bid for Challenge Funding. This will include a low noise surface being added to the new junction currently being constructed to access developments to the east of Tiverton.
From Saturday 6 January until the end of June, work is due to be carried out on the western section of the A361 (Bolham roundabout to east of Gornhay Junction).
The road will be closed overnight, one carriageway at a time, on Friday 5 January to establish a contraflow on the eastbound carriageway which is due to be in place from Saturday 6 January until Monday 5 March.
On the evening of Sunday 4 March, the road will again be closed overnight, one carriageway at a time, to switch the contraflow onto the opposite carriageway. The contraflow on the westbound carriageway will be in place from Monday 5 March – until Thursday 5 April.
There are then due to be a number of overnight closures to remove the contraflow and resurface the road close to Bolham roundabout, until the resurfacing is complete around Friday 13 April.
Resurfacing work will not be carried out over the summer months, but when it resumes in September 2018 it will switch to the east section (east of Gornhay Junction to junction 27 of the M5) until work is completed in spring 2019.
The scheme also involves drainage refurbishment between Bolham and Gornhay. Improvements to the filter drains on the stretch of the Link Road from Junction 27 of the M5 to Tiverton were carried out earlier this year.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is an extensive scheme which will enable essential resurfacing work to be carried out on the North Devon Link Road. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption while this work is carried out.”
Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Infrastructure and Waste, said: “The resurfacing is an important element of the development of the new junction, with a low noise surface being used in addition to other measures to reduce noise from the road for local residents.”
Councillor Colin Slade, Devon County Councillor for Tiverton East, said: “I am delighted that this work is going ahead in the new year- it will greatly improve what is an essential route through Mid and North Devon.”
Devon is one of nineteen areas across the country to receive a share of £75 million of government Challenge Funding for essential road maintenance. Using the Challenge Funding on a major road is enabling Devon County Council to use other highway maintenance funding on more minor routes on its 8,000 mile highway network.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman visited the A361 earlier this year when the Challenge Funding was announced.
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