Exminster bypass (Matford roundabout to Swan’s Nest)
What we are doing and why
We are removing trees infected with ash dieback and clearing back overgrown vegetation for the safety of road users.
Work will be carried out between Monday 11 and Friday 29 May 2020 with speed restrictions and temporary traffic lights in place.
The majority of work will take place Monday to Friday between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm, however, our contractors may need to work into the weekend or evenings where necessary. For the safety of the workforce it is preferable to do tree cutting work during daylight.
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 high-speed road presents a significant hazard to passing vehicles. Therefore, we are removing infected trees and cutting back overgrown vegetation that has encroached within 2m of the highway.
Reduction to the speed limit
We must ensure the safety of our workforce and the public, and in order to comply with our safety guidelines, we will be reducing the speed of traffic travelling through the work sites.
Working during the COVID-19 pandemic
The maintenance of the highway infrastructure is part of the essential work that must continue and the highway teams, including our tree contractors, are identified as key workers. The tree contractors have health and safety procedures in place in accordance with Public Health England advice.
An ecologist will be on site throughout the work and is making sure all necessary precautions are taken regarding nesting birds, dormice and other wildlife habitats.