Section of A-road between Honiton and Cullompton could be closed for as long as two weeks

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 13 July 2017

Road closed sign

Road closed sign

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Workmen are currently on the A373 to address the long-standing issues associated with standing water and ice on the carriageway.

A section of major A-road between Honiton and Cullompton is expected to be closed for the next fortnight while drainage improvement works are carried out.

Workmen are currently on the A373 to address the long-standing issues associated with standing water and ice on the carriageway.

Work on three drainage improvement schemes is planned to finish at the end of this month.

The improvements are being made to Came Cross, Hembury Fort and Post Cross.

The work at Came Cross will see the removal of surface water run off from the junction by providing approximately 90m of pipework to the existing system which starts just above Crammer Barton.

This section of the road will be closed while the works are carried out - but highway bosses hope to re-open it within the next fortnight.

The improvements at Post Cross will see a damaged culvert replaced with a larger pipe across the junction of the road to Kentisbeare.

A a four way traffic light system will be installed at this section of the road from next Monday.

At Hembury Fort, work will take place to replace the existing gullies with sump gullies and improve efficiency.

Temporary traffic lights will also be installed.

A spokesman for Devon County Council said: “Work is currently taking place at Came Cross/Crammer Barton to lay the new drainage system.

“It is expected that this will take at least ten days. Access is available from the Cullompton end of the A373 as far as Crammer Barton and from the Honiton end as far as Colliton.

“In order to minimise the disruption, our contractor is intending to work eleven hour days and on Saturdays to complete all the work requiring a closure in the shortest possible time and are looking at working on two sites at the same time with an additional gang wherever possible.

“Signs will be erected at each end of the closure stating ‘Businesses open as usual’ and we will provide the local community and travelling public with as much information as possible about where the actual closure is by having signs stating ‘Access as far as [a location]’.”

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