A380 resurfacing scheme
What are we doing and why?
The condition of the A380 road surface is deteriorating, with signs of cracking in multiple locations. This cracking has allowed water to enter the surface which has led to localised failures, and therefore major resurfacing work now needs to be carried out.
The A380 is part of the major road network in Devon, therefore any disruption to traffic needs to be carefully planned and managed. To maximise the traffic management arrangements, other maintenance work will also be carried out at the same time, including:
- vegetation clearance
- replacement and upgrading the vehicle restraints systems
- drainage repairs and improvements
- bridge deck waterproofing and bridge joints
- footway work
- signage improvements and maintenance
The work will take place on three separate sections of the A380, between Kennford and Newton Abbot.
Work on the first section is due to start on Monday 4 November 2019 with the other sections following on from this, please see the key dates below. The work is expected to last 16 weeks in total, however, it is weather dependent, therefore durations may change.
To set up the contraflow safely, whilst keeping the road open, lane closures will need to be implemented from Monday 4 November on both sides of the road. There will also be the need for one night-time closure on the northbound side to complete the contraflow set up.
- Kingsteignton Southbound between Eagle Farm junction and Ware Barton junction will be closed between 4 November and 13 December overnight from 6:30pm until 6:00am (plus 24hr contraflow for a four-week period during bridge deck waterproofing)
- Kingsteignton Northbound between Ware Barton junction and Eagle Farm junction will be closed between 6 January and 14 February 2020 overnight from 6:30pm until 6:00am. (plus 24hr contraflow for a four-week period during bridge deck waterproofing)
- Woodlands to Kenn Northbound Only will be closed between 6 January and 7 February 2020 overnight from 6:30pm until 6:00am.
For the safety of the travelling public and our workforce, we will be using full night time road closures, each weeknight between 6:30pm and 6:00am. It should be noted that the start time is subject to traffic levels falling below the required threshold, therefore the start of the closure may be slightly later than 6:30pm.
Furthermore, during the daytime and over the weekend a 40mph speed limit will be in operation.
To enable work to be carried out at Eagle Farm overbridge, the road will need to be closed 24 hours a day for an anticipated four-week period, during which the daytime traffic management arrangements will be as follows:
- Kingsteignton southbound side – a contraflow will be put in place
- Kingsteignton northbound side – a contraflow will be put in place
Although the contraflow is likely to cause significant delays, it is essential to enable the work to be carried out. It will also enable the contractor to work more efficiently and safely in daylight hours, as there will be no need to allow for the closing and re-opening of the road on every shift.
Advanced notice will be provided prior to the implementation of any closures and there will be a signed diversion route in place.
The road closure dates and times, together with the diversion routes, are available online. This will be kept up to date by the project team.
Why are we using a contraflow system?
To enable the bridge deck at Eagle Farm to be re-waterproofed and a parapet replaced, it is essential that the road is completely closed to traffic, for a four-week period. The contractor will be making maximum use of the contraflow system and doing as much other work as they can at the same time.
Why is there such a long diversion route?
We have a duty to direct traffic along a similar standard of road to that being closed so that all vehicles, including large articulated vehicles, can safely use the diversion route with minimal disruption.
How is local traffic being handled?
Liaison will be undertaken with local stakeholders to discuss these works in more detail. Please be assured that every effort will be made to minimise any disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.