Stabilisation work planned on A39 at Shirwell

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Posted on: 20 December 2017

The A39 will need to be closed at Shirwell in North Devon for 13 weeks when essential stabilisation work gets underway at the start of the new year.

The section of the road, north of Barnstaple, will need to be closed from Tuesday 2 January until Thursday 29 March while a new 60-metre retaining wall is built.

The road is cracking and the edge of the road needs stabilising to prevent the embankment from completely collapsing.

As well as the concrete retaining wall, the £200,000 scheme also involves drainage improvements and resurfacing.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The cracks and deformities in the road are signs that it isn’t stable. While it’s unfortunate that the road will have to be closed, it’s vital that this work is carried out now in order to prevent it from collapsing in future. Temporary traffic lights have been in place to keep traffic away from the edge of the road, but it will need to be fully closed once the scheme has started for the safety of the public and the site staff.”

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Councillor for Combe Martin Rural, said: “This is a vital repair to our important local infrastructure, and while the closure is in force other highway maintenance will be carried out to make the best use of resources. Many of us are going to be affected by this closure so it would be very helpful if motorists would use the diversions advertised to minimise disruption for local residents.”

The signed diversion route will be via the A39 to Barnstaple, the A361 to Aller Cross roundabout and the A39 via Blackmore Gate.

The work will be carried out by contractor MacPlant Construction Ltd.

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