Overnight drainage repairs due to start

Photo of overflowing drain

Posted on: 17 October 2019

Essential overnight drainage repairs are needed on a major route into Exeter, starting next week.

Drainage pipes have collapsed beneath Honiton Road, near Moor Lane roundabout, and in order to carry out repairs, temporary traffic lights will be in place between 7pm-7am from Monday 21 October until Friday 29 November.

Photo of damaged drain pipe

Damaged pipe under Honiton Road

Although the majority of the work will be carried out between Moor Lane roundabout and Wilton Way roundabout, some work will also be carried out on Ambassador Drive on the first evening with work on Moor Lane roundabout on the following three nights. All of the routes will remain open at all times throughout the scheme.

The temporary signals will enable short sections of the road to be excavated, starting at the Moor Lane end and gradually move towards Wilton Way. Excavations will be kept to a minimum, wherever possible, by using technology which lines the inside of the drainage pipes.

Photo of Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The collapse of some of the pipework means that during spells of heavy rain, water is spilling out onto the road surface so it’s vital that this repair is carried out before winter arrives and we have freezing temperatures. It’s also urgently needed because if it’s left too long the water will damage the structure of the road. In order to minimise disruption we’re ensuring that the road is kept open at all times and only using the temporary traffic lights overnight.”

Councillor Marina Asvachin

Councillor Marina Asvachin

Councillor Marina Asvachin, County Councillor for Wonford and St Loyes, said: “It is unfortunate that this has happened during half term, but the council is doing as much as it can to keep disruption to a minimum. With the continuing wet weather, it is a high priority job and therefore extremely important to get it fixed as soon as possible.”

No work will be carried out during the daytime and all traffic management will be removed outside of the overnight scheme hours.

Although there may be some delays while work is undertaken, access will be maintained at all times.

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