Council apologises in advance for Exmouth seafront road closure

Parts of Exmouth seafront will be closed in September to allow further work of the £12million tidal defence scheme.

East Devon District Council has apologised in advance for the road closure, which will happen in sections between The Grove, along Morton Crescent, Alexandra Terrace Junction and past the Clock Tower up to the Premier Inn.

Temporary traffic lights and diversions will be in place while the sections of the seafront remain closed.

Construction of the new £12 million tidal defence scheme at Exmouth is on track to significantly reduce flooding to 1,800 properties in the town, said the district council.

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “In the interest of public safety, as well as our contractors, we will have to close the road and use traffic lights so that we can work safely and keep the public protected.”

“We are making every effort to minimise our impact on residents and visitors so we will try to keep the closure to specific sections and for the shortest possible time.

“We apologise for any disruption this causes. However local diversion routes will be clearly marked during this period.”

The following tidal defence work is being carried out along the Esplanade:

  • A new set back flood defence wall will be built between The Grove public house and the Premier Inn, with flood gates at various points along the Esplanade, so that flood water from waves overtopping the seawall is prevented from flowing inland and is discharged back to the sea.
  • Extra rock armour is being added to raise existing low spots along the seafront
  • Works to improve the bottom section of the Smeaton seawall
  • Improvements to drainage so that water will drain back out to sea.

Contractors for the joint Environment Agency and East Devon District Council project started on site earlier this year along the estuary (Royal Avenue) and in Camperdown Creek.

Exmouth tidal defence

An example of the block used in constructing Exmouth’s tidal defence.
Photo: EDDC

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