Work starts on road realignment at Slapton
Posted on: 16 July 2018
Work is underway to reconnect the A379 between Slapton and Strete Gate, which has been closed since being washed away by Storm Emma in early March.
Over the past few months, Devon County Council has been carrying out site inspections and drawing up a scheme to reinstate the road. Detailed work has also been undertaken to minimise the environmental impacts of the scheme and to address the risk from unexploded ordnance.
Contractor Alun Griffiths Ltd has started work today (Monday 16 July) on the southern section of the reinstatement, near the junction to Slapton village, which has an existing planning permission.
A second section of the route towards Strete Gate will also be realigned as the scheme progresses. The County Council is awaiting planning approval to update the permission for this northern realignment of the route, to move it further north and west than in the approved scheme plans.
Other work will include the removal of the damaged lengths of carriageway and the realignment of the South West Coast Path.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We have always been committed to reconnecting this important route as soon as possible, and I’m sure that everyone will be pleased to see that work has now started on the ground. A lot of hard work has gone into the surveys and design work to reach this point, and contractor Alun Griffiths will be pulling out all the stops to carry out this work as quickly as possible so that we can re-open the road.”
Councillor Julian Brazil, local County Councillor for Kingsbridge and South Hams District Councillor, said: “It’s good to see that the work has now started. It’s going to be a difficult summer but I hope the good weather will help local businesses. Local people have been very patient and we are looking forward to the road re-opening.”
The County Council has been provided with £2.5 million of capital funding by the Department for Transport for the reinstatement work.
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