Sidmouth: Highways chiefs apologise for ‘inconvenience’ ahead of three-day Vicarage Road closure

Vicarage Road in Sidmouth will be closed for three days from Tuesday, June 29, while patching work takes place.

Work on the A375 will ensure that the road ‘continues to be safe’ until a major resurfacing scheme takes place in 2022.

The road will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm from Tuesday, June 29, to Thursday, July 1.

The patching work is on a 500-metre section of the road from the Vicarage Road and All Saints Road roundabout to Brewery Lane.

A signed diversion route will be in place via All Saints Road, the B3176, The Bowd, A3052, A375 and vice-versa.

Sidmouth representative Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council (DCC) cabinet member for highway management, said: “This work is essential as it provides a stop-gap in ensuring that the road remains safe ahead of a major scheme planned for early next year.

“Unfortunately, there may well be some inconvenience caused by these works for which we apologise.”

DCC says local motorists ‘may find alternative routes’.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, businesses and residents.

But on-road parking will not be available between the hours of the closure – meaning parents picking up children from Sidmouth Primary School’s Vicarage Road site will need to stop-off elsewhere.

“Discussions have been held with the school and this is being communicated to the parents,” said a DCC spokesperson.

“The reactive patching work is in preparation for a major scheme in the new year to resurface the length of Vicarage Road.”

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