North Devon road schemes progressing well
Posted on: 22 October 2018
Two North Devon roads, the A399 near Combe Martin and B3230 near Blakewell Fisheries, are on course to reopen next month (November.)
Work to stabilise an embankment above a section of the A399 near Combe Martin, by drilling anchors and fixing netting is currently being carried out.
A recent inspection however has revealed that a larger section of the embankment needs stabilising than first thought.
Consequently, the scheme will take approximately two weeks longer to complete – the road will reopen on Friday 9 November under temporary traffic lights.
Work to construct a new retaining wall to stabilise part of the B3230 near Blakewell Fisheries is progressing well, with most of the main concrete structure now in place.
The next stages will be to backfill the wall, install a new road drainage system before starting masonry work on the wall.
Once the masonry work begins engineers will determine if it is safe to reopen the road under temporary traffic lights.
The works are still on track to be completed by 30 November as originally planned.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for
Highways Management said:
“Both schemes are vital and timed to avoid the peak summer season, while the B3230 Blakewell scheme was planned in consultation with local businesses.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we are doing everything we can to minimise any disruption.
“However the safety of road users is paramount, and these works are necessary to ensure this safety. The contractors are working as quickly as possible and the roads will be re-opened when the works are complete or reach a stage when it is safe to do so.”