Collapsed pipes prompt a month of ‘essential’ repairs on major road into Exeter

‘Essential’ overnight drainage repairs are needed on a major route into Exeter – with more than a month of work starting next week.

Pipes have collapsed beneath Honiton Road, near Moor Lane roundabout.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place between 7pm and 7am from Monday, October 21, to Friday, November 29.

The majority of work will be carried out between the Moor Lane and Wilton Way roundabouts, however, some will also be carried out in Ambassador Drive on the first evening.

All of the routes will remain open at all times throughout the scheme, says Devon County Council (DCC).

The temporary signals will enable short sections of the road to be excavated, starting at the Moor Lane end and gradually move towards Wilton Way.

Excavations will be kept to a minimum, wherever possible, by using technology which lines the inside of the drainage pipes.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for highway management, said: “The collapse of some of the pipework means that, during spells of heavy rain, water is spilling out onto the road surface, so it’s vital that this repair is carried out before winter arrives and we have freezing temperatures.

“It’s also urgently needed because, if it’s left too long, the water will damage the structure of the road.

“In order to minimise disruption, we’re ensuring that the road is kept open at all times and only using the temporary traffic lights overnight.”

Cllr Marina Asvachin, ward member for Wonford and St Loyes, said: “It is unfortunate that this has happened during half-term, but the council is doing as much as it can to keep disruption to a minimum.

“With the continuing wet weather, it is a high priority job and therefore extremely important to get it fixed as soon as possible.”

No work will be carried out during the daytime and all traffic management will be removed outside of the overnight scheme hours, says DCC.

Although there may be some delays while the Exeter work is undertaken, access will be maintained at all times.

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