Work on a £55million infrastructure initiative on the outskirts of Exeter is set to begin – paving the way for new homes, jobs and schools.
The first phase of the project to the south-west of the city will get under way on Monday, August 10.
The scheme includes the construction of new roads and junctions, upgrades to existing routes, a pedestrian and cycle bridge and a new public park.
These improvements are needed to help unlock a mooted development of around 2,500 homes, employment land, and a primary and secondary school.
A signalised Eastern Junction – on the A379 between the Devon Hotel and Matford roundabouts – will be the first to be delivered.
Work is expected to be complete by the end of April 2021.
The four-lane section of the A379 currently has no crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists near Matford roundabout.
A new toucan crossing will be provided on the approach to the roundabout linking the development to the existing pedestrian and cycle route.
The existing shared-use path on the south side of the road will also be widened ‘where possible’, says Devon County Council (DCC).
A contraflow system ‘is likely’ to be in place on the A379 and some overnight closures may also be needed.
Similar traffic management arrangements are expected to be needed during the construction of the School Access Junction that is expected to follow later this year.
This will be another new signalised junction on the A379 between the Devon Hotel roundabout and the existing junction with Chudleigh Road.
It will unlock land for the development of a new primary and secondary school and new homes.
Councillor Andrea Davis, DCC cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste, said: “The local economy has been hit extremely hard during the coronavirus pandemic and this type of scheme will help to ensure a strong recovery for the county.
“The delivery of new homes, schools and jobs will rely on the infrastructure being in place to open up the development land.”
DCC successfully bid for the scheme funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund administered by Homes England.
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