Portmore Roundabout improvements to start later this month
Posted on: 10 January 2017
Work to improve the A361 Portmore Roundabout will begin on Monday 23 January.
The £1.5 million scheme, which is scheduled to take around 20 weeks to complete, will increase the capacity of the roundabout in order to reduce queuing at peak times. As the main access east of Barnstaple, improvements have been identified for Portmore Roundabout in order to manage increased traffic which is expected to be generated from new developments planned in the North Devon and Torridge area.
The roundabout will be enlarged to have two dedicated lanes through the junction on the A361, and a widened approach from the A39 from Barnstaple, extending two lanes onto the roundabout.
The improvements will incorporate provision for a new fourth arm off the roundabout, serving development at Mount Sandford Green, and will also reduce additional traffic on Landkey Road.
In order to minimise disruption, there will be no road closures or diversions while work is carried out. Temporary traffic signals will be used outside of peak hours and some overnight working may be required.
The scheme is being jointly funded by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) , through its Growth Deal with government, and Devon County Council. It supports the wider strategic proposals being developed for major improvements on the A361/A39 North Devon Link Road corridor.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “It is important that we take advantage of funding opportunities to invest in Devon’s highway infrastructure. This scheme will provide the necessary future road capacity to unlock new housing and economic growth. This is an important junction on the A361 North Devon Link Road, and this work is a key element of Devon’s commitment to upgrading the Link Road as we continue to invest in northern Devon. We need to ensure that this busy commuter, leisure and freight route, which connects Northern Devon to the M5 and national road network, continues to operate as a safe and efficient gateway.”
Steve Hindley, Chair of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP, said: “I’m delighted to see yet more progress in the delivery of our Growth Deal projects. The new roundabout is part of the Growth Deal 1 funded A361 Portmore to Landkey scheme, which enables housing and employment growth in the area by improving the efficiency of the strategic A361 and links North Devon and Torridge to the national motorway network.”
Councillor John Mathews, Devon County Councillor for Barnstaple South, said: “This is a very welcome move to alleviate the congestion around Barnstaple and hopefully the start of improvements to the North Devon Link Road.”
Councillor Richard Edgell, Devon County Councillor for Chulmleigh and Swimbridge, said: “Although this isn’t part of the major project to improve the Link Road it’s further preliminary work, following similar enlargement of Roundswell roundabout. This scheme is designed to improve the throughput of traffic, especially at very busy times, as well as providing access to new residential and business units which are due to be developed at Mount Sandford Green.”
Work will be carried out by contractor Alun Griffiths Ltd.
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