A3072 and A396 Ash Dieback Works near Bickleigh Bridge
What we are doing and why:
We are removing trees infected with ash dieback and other trees which are dead, diseased, damaged or insecurely rooted which pose a threat adjacent to this strategic route for the safety of road users.
Trees with ash dieback become unstable and will shed branches and can collapse as the level of infection spreads within the tree.
Collapsing trees, even relatively small ones, into a road presents significant hazard to passing vehicles. Therefore, we are removing infected trees within falling distance of the highway.
When the road will be closed:
Currently we plan to carry out the road closure elements between 15 February to 6 March 2021, during this timeframe the road will be closed to all traffic. These dates are weather dependant and may be subject to change. The closures will only be in place 07:00 – 17:00.
Please see below the closures and diversion routes:
|15/02/21 – 20/02/21 A396 From Whitehall Cottage to Bickleigh Bridge||one.network link|
|22/02/21 – 27/02/21 A3072 From Bickleigh Bridge to Chillaton Gate||one.network link|
|01/03/21 – 06/03/21 A396 From Bickleigh Bridge to Burn Cross||one.network link|
Why we have closed the road:
We must ensure the safety of our workforce and the public, and in order to comply with our safety guidelines we are unable to carry out all elements of this work under two way traffic signals. Please note the road will be closed to all traffic, including cyclists.
As these sections of road are narrow we have to close the road to give our workforce a safe working zone, however we have worked hard to ensure that the closures are limited. We have brought these works forward to carry them out during reduced traffic flows as a result of the ongoing lockdown.
Night working has been ruled out at this site due to the proximity of the affected trees to several overhead telecoms and power lines. In addition to this, the risks associated with tree felling works increase significantly during the hours of darkness.
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. The official diversion route will be treated with salt during periods of cold weather.
How local traffic is being handled:
Access to frontages (e.g. businesses and properties within the closure) will be maintained although a small delay may exist to allow movement of machinery and debris etc. to facilitate safe passage. Emergency access will be maintained.