Work delays mean overnight closures will continue at Countess Wear roundabout in Exeter

Overnight closures at the Countess Wear roundabout in Exeter are set to continue for another fortnight after essential works on the busy route were delayed.

The scheme, which includes drainage improvements, resurfacing and pavement repairs, as well as the installation of a pedestrian crossing on Rydon Lane, was due to be completed yesterday evening (Wednesday, November 18).

But the work is behind schedule and is now expected to be finished in the week ending December 7.

All four arms of the Countess Wear roundabout will continue to be closed from 8pm to 6am until then.

A Devon County Council (DCC) spokesperson said of the scheme: “It is running behind as essential repairs are being carried out on collapsed drains discovered beneath the roundabout road surface, which are related to historical flooding problems experienced at the roundabout.

“Delays had also been incurred by the contractor during the installation of the crossing.

“Work is expected to be completed during the week commencing Monday, December 7.

“Some lane closures will need to be left in place during the day over the next couple of weeks on Rydon Lane and the inner lane of the roundabout, to enable concrete to cure and gain strength before it can be driven over by traffic.

“These will be removed as soon as possible.”

Signed diversions will be in place during the closures and more information is available here.

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