Major roadworks in Newton Abbot

News Desk
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Posted Monday, February 12, 2018 - 6:46am

Wolborough Street in Newton Abbot will be closed during half term next month for major road works.

The road will be closed 24 hours a day from Monday 12 February to Saturday 17 February with a diversion route advised for through traffic.

The work will take place between Wolborough Street traffic lights (Asda) and Ogwell Cross roundabout.

The section of road between Pomeroy Road and Waltham Road will be completely reconstructed. The section from Waltham Road to Beverley Gardens will have ‘deep patching’ repairs.

The complete length Pomeroy Road to Beverley Gardens will be resurfaced. During the work there will be no access for vehicles to Pomeroy Road, Waltham Road, Linden Terrace and Steppes Meadow as well as to properties on Wolborough Street.

Letters have been sent to residents inviting them to apply for temporary parking permits valid in the Teignbridge District Council car parks at Wolborough Street and Bradley Lane.

These will be distributed to those who have requested them in the week prior to the work starting. Signs will be displayed asking all vehicles parked on the road to move by the evening of Sunday 11 February - the road closure will begin at 7am the following morning.

During the work banksmen on site who will arrange access for pedestrians to those properties fronting the works at agreed times.
A pedestrian route around the works will be signed from Asda to Bakers Park using the existing off-street footway / cycleway.

Banksmen will assist residents and deliveries within the closed section. Access will be maintained from one end or the other as work progresses.

Residents are advised to allow extra time for journeys during this time.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Local businesses and the town council all said that their preferred date was the February half term to minimise disruption. 

“February tends to be the quietist month in terms of traffic and carrying out the works during half term will avoid disruption to school bus services.

“Unfortunately we have no choice but to close the road – the road simply isn’t wide enough to allow traffic to pass while the work is being carried out.

“We have explored other options and concluded that evening only work would have resulted in works lasting for at least a month, and overnight working isn’t possible because it’s a residential area.

“We apologise for the inconvenience and thank residents and businesses for their patience during this time.”

Councillor Gordon Hook, the local County Councillor for Newton Abbot South, said: “The proposed work simply has to be done. It will without doubt cause some short-term inconvenience, and for a few days drivers will not to be able to access Wolborough Street.”

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