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Vital road improvements linking to major economic developments to the East of Exeter will get underway on Monday 23 May.
The £10.95 million investment will upgrade Junction 29 of the M5 and will construct a new link road to the old A30 (the C832) at Blackhorse, which will include junctions into the new Exeter Science Park development.
The scheme, due to be completed by Summer 2012, is being led by Devon County Council in co-ordination with the Highways Agency and in partnership with East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council and the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point Team.
The Junction 29 improvement is part of a package of ongoing highway, public transport and cycling measures that will open up the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, which includes not only the Exeter Science Park, but also the Exeter Gateway (intermodal freight facility), Skypark Business Development and the new community at Cranbrook.
The work follows the successful installation of the £3.75 million Redhayes Bridge which provides access across the M5 for cyclists and pedestrians and links the city cycle network with the East of Exeter.
Department for Transport funding for the scheme was granted in February this year, following the Comprehensive Spending Review and subsequent final funding bid by Devon County Council. This funding is now available this financial year, not 2012/13 as previously advised by the DfT, bringing forward the construction of the scheme significantly.
Investigative surveys of drains and utility services will initially be carried out prior to the start date. Work on the highway is scheduled to start from Monday 20 June, with a series of lane closures in order to minimise traffic delays. Details of the lane closures will be agreed with the Highways Agency and publicised in advance. Towards the end of the scheme next year, a number of overnight closures will be necessary for the installation of new overhead sign gantries.
Exeter based South West Highways (SWH) has been awarded the contract for the work.
Issued by Devon County Council 20 May 2011
Plans for the scheme can be downloaded here.