A38 speed limit to be enforced by cameras
Thursday, September 25, 2008, 09:33
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MAJOR roadworks on one of South Devon's main roads are due to start on Monday.
A £2.5million maintenance scheme on the A38 between Goodstone and Whistley, near Ashburton, is taking place overnight until Christmas. A 50mph limit be in place.
The scheme affects a three-mile stretch of road in both directions. The road surface is showing signs of extensive wear and maintenance is essential to avoid the need to rebuild the road completely, said the Highways Agency.
The work will provide a new smoother, quieter surface and the agency will also upgrade safety barriers, inspect drainage and replace road signs.
Lynton Cocks, project manager for the Highways Agency, said: "This section of the A38 was first built in 1970 and is now in need of substantial maintenance work to keep it in good condition for years ahead.
"We have planned the work to minimise disruption to road users and to the local community by using night-time working and designing the traffic management to avoid the creation of rat-runs on to local lanes.
"The new low-noise road surface will improve the quality of life for people living near the road and road users will benefit from a smoother road surface."
The pedestrian crossing point at Caton Cross junction will be permanently closed to improve safety at the site.
Crossings at Alston junction and Goodstone and Newton Abbot over-bridge will be retained.
The speed limit will be enforced by speed cameras.
A Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership spokesman said: "The average speed camera system has proved to be very effective at slowing traffic down within roadworks. In the interest of road safety, we would encourage all motorists to drive slowly and with caution through this site."
During the overnight work, side road access will be affected and local diversions will be in place. The work will take place between 8pm and 6am, seven nights a week.