Major roadworks lasting months are set to start in January until April for the town centre and main route into Sidmouth, the county council has revealed.
Devon County Council has announced major resurfacing and drainage improvements will begin on the A375 in Sidmouth, from Monday, January 10, with some evening and overnight road closures.
The 12-week roadworks will cover around a 1.2km distance, be carried out in 10 sections, closing stretches of highway as the repairs are carried out, with the finish date expected to be Friday, April 1, 2022.
The county council has launched a dedicated webpage highlighting work areas, road closures, and diversion routes.
- The 12-week repairs and resurfacing work will cover around 1.2km from Temple Gardens to the junction with the Esplanade, starting on Monday, January 10.
- The drainage repairs and improvements will initially start on Wednesday, January 12 on the stretch from Salcombe Road to All Saints Road and the roundabout. The majority of this work will be carried out during overnight road closures from 5.30pm until 7am, although there will be some working during the daytime.
- Drainage work is scheduled to be carried out in Fore Street and High Street in phases between Tuesday, January 18 and Thursday, February 10, and then resurfacing between Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 11. During these phases the road will be closed overnight from 5.30pm until 7am but temporary traffic lights will be in place during the day.
- During the overnight closures of High Street and Fore Street, the diversion route will be via All Saints Road, Station Road and continue until the Esplanade. Return route vice versa.
- Work in the Temple Street and Vicarage Road areas will also be divided into smaller sections and will get underway with drainage repairs from Thursday, February 10, starting from Temple Gardens to Peasland Road, when the road will be closed from 7am to 7pm. As with the other areas of the scheme, the resurfacing will be carried out later in the project, from around Monday, March 14.
- When sections of Temple Street and Vicarage Road are closed the diversion route will be Vicarage Road / Temple Street north on the A375 Arcot Road then Sidford Road, left onto the A3052 Sidford High Street then left onto the B3176, Station Road; then left onto All Saints Road and Radway and Vicarage Road and vice versa.
Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management and county councillor for Sidmouth, said: “The survey of the highway drainage beneath the A375 found a number of issues, including damaged pipes, so it’s essential that this work is carried out in order to repair it.
“The additional work that’s necessary before carrying out resurfacing has added to the duration of the scheme, but the work has been timed to minimise disruption as much as possible.”
He added: “Please bear with us while work is ongoing – the end result should see a huge benefit for Sidmouth’s main route into the town.”
Devon County Council said survey work was undertaken on the highway drains under the A375 in September this year, which found a number of damaged, collapsed and disconnected pipes.
The council said these additional repairs were being added to the works plan, which has increased the duration of the project as well as the period and number of road closures that will be needed.
Work will be undertaken in ten small sections, only closing the stretch of the highway being worked on at one time and with site staff in place at either end of the work area to help direct local residents.
All the works are expected to be completed on Friday, April 1, 2022.