Extensive maintenance work is underway on the A380 and will continue until March.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently awarded Devon County Council a £5 million grant to carry out the improvements on the road, between the Teign Viaduct and Ashcombe Cross.
The County Council will also be providing over £1 million towards the scheme which will include resurfacing, replacing safety barriers, maintaining drainage systems, cutting back overgrown vegetation and replacing signs where necessary.
Work has already started on repairs to the safety barriers between the Teign Viaduct and north of Ware Barton Roundabout. Lane closures and a temporary 40mph speed limit are in place while this work is carried out on this section until the end of October.
Some overnight closures will be needed on slip roads near Ware Barton roundabout. The northbound slip roads will be closed overnight from 7pm-6am each evening next week from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September. The southbound on-slip will be closed overnight from 7pm-6am on weekday evenings from Monday 12 October to Friday 23 October. The main A380 will remain open during this work.
Resurfacing work at Ware Barton roundabout will follow on from the barrier works at the end of October. This will include night-time closures of the roundabout and slip roads up to the middle of November. The main A380 will again remain open.
From the evening of Monday 21 September, overnight resurfacing work is also due to start on the northbound carriageway of Telegraph Hill, between the Mamhead junction and the intersection with the A38. To enable this work to take place, this section of the northbound carriageway will be closed from 7pm-6am each weekday evening over the next six weeks.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The A380 is one of the busiest roads on our network so it needs to be in tip-top condition to stand up to everyday wear and tear from traffic. We’ve been carrying out surface improvements and safety barrier upgrades on parts of the A380 over the past couple of years, but this additional Government funding will enable us to do much more, particularly on the sections that need the most attention. The intention is to bring the route up to 21st century standards so that it is fit for purpose. Although it may cause some short-term disruption it will help minimise future maintenance.”
The main resurfacing work as part of the programme is due to take place as follows:
Ware Barton northbound – Teign Viaduct to the footbridge – January 2021
Eagle Farm to Gappah Lane northbound and Gappah Lane to Ashcombe Cross northbound. Work has yet to be programmed but is likely to be scheduled for around February 2021.
Ashcombe Cross to Ideford Dip southbound. Yet to be programmed but likely to be around March 2021.
Resurfacing will be carried out at night during overnight road closures. Lane closures will be needed for barrier replacement work. More details will be provided when work for each section has been scheduled.
For more information go to https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/traffic-information/roadworks/a380-resurfacing-scheme/