Work starts on Turks Head Junction improvements

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:28 16 November 2015

A 'three arm' mini roundabout is being proposed to replace the Turks Head junction in Honiton.

A 'three arm' mini roundabout is being proposed to replace the Turks Head junction in Honiton.

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The work will take 20 weeks, continuing until the end of March. It is scheduled to be complete before the Easter holidays.

Improvements to Turks Head Junction in Honiton got under way this week.

The current T-junction meets Exeter Road to connect the western end of Honiton to the A30 dual carriageway. The scheme will change the existing layout to a mini-roundabout, along with a zebra crossing on Exeter Road. The overall improvements will reduce traffic queues which can, at times, reach the A30 and create a safety problem.

The work will take 20 weeks, continuing until the end of March, but it is scheduled to be complete before the Easter holidays.

The scheme involves expanding the road around the junction and diverting a number of underground utilities.

There will be temporary traffic lights throughout much of the work and some short periods of overnight road closures in March 2016 for the final surfacing.

As a safety precaution, temporary traffic lights will initially be manually controlled to allow site staff to monitor traffic conditions and keep queues to a minimum.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s (DCC) cabinet member for highways management, said: “This improvement scheme is vital as the current junction can cause traffic queues which extend onto the A30, posing a safety risk when vehicles are stationary on the dual carriageway. Replacing the junction with a roundabout will provide more capacity. This is an extremely busy junction so every effort is being made to minimise disruption. While the work is being carried out we would urge people to allow extra time for their journeys through the junction and, where possible, consider alternative routes during busy times.”

DCC’s customer service centre highways team can be contacted on 0345 1551004.


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