Revised dates for A35 road closures

PUBLISHED: 17:44 05 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:09 12 August 2015

Highways chiefs announce new timings for night working on the highway either side of Axminster

Highway chiefs have warned of inevitable disruption when major stretches of the A35 are closed for essential repairs later this month.

The highway will be shut to all traffic between Axminster and Bridport for three nights from Monday, May 18, to May 21.

A similar closure will be in operation on the Axminster to Honiton section of the main road for six nights from May 26 to June 02.

These revised dates were announced late yesterday (Tuesday May 05) after the Herald went to press with details of the original road closure schedule which had been widely circulated to local councils.

On the closure nights only emergency vehicles will be allowed to use the highway between 8pm and 6am – with some limited access for local residents.

A highways spokesman said: “We have tried to minimise disruption to road users and residents by restricting our works to night time only.

“Where operations are carried out close to properties, we will endeavour to undertake as much of any noisy activities before midnight.

“However, work will continue through the night and some disruption may occur throughout the work period.”

Paul Mitchell, operations manager, said: “During the closure periods, access will be maintained for residents living within the closure.

“However, this may only be from one direction depending on the actual location of the works to be undertaken each shift, and may change where the closures are planned for consecutive nights.

“A fully-signed traffic diversion route will be implemented. During the closure period, some travel delays should be expected.

“We would suggest allowing extra time for your journey if an alternative or deferred travel arrangements cannot be made. There will be no route through the works area for any vehicles with the exception of emergency service vehicles on emergency calls.”

The closures will be used to facilitate all the required repair and surface treatment works and will also be used to carry out as many routine maintenance operations as possible.

Additional information regarding access details for residents and businesses affected by the works will be available on request by emailing:

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