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Repair work to Bickleigh Road starts
6:00pm Thursday 20th June 2013 in Devon
WORK to rebuild a road in Mid Devon which last year’s winter floods left unstable started this week.
Burn Valley Road, at Bickleigh, near Tiverton, was seriously damaged during flooding last November when a 17- metre stretch of the supporting embankment was eroded.
The road was left unable to supportthe weight of traffic and for the safety of the public and motorists, it has been closed since then.
Devon County Council has carried out site investigations and design work over the past fewmonths to draw up a scheme to replace the embankment and provide support under the road.
Cllr Stuart Hughes, council cabinet member for highways, said: “Devon was hit particularly hard during the flooding last year and at the start of 2013, and it has left us with a legacy of damage on our road network and bridges.
“The effects have been so widespread that our teams have been working flat out, and more than£12.5millionhasbeenspent on repairs across the county so far, butitis taking time to carry out so many repairs.”
Cllr Margaret Squires, county councillor for Newton St Cyres and Sandford, said: “I am very pleased that this work is starting.
“It has been particularly difficult over the pastfew months for the people further up the valley to be able to access the A396.
“I am sure the people of Butterleigh will be pleased to see work starting and knowing that in a few weeks they will again be able to travel this picturesque valley route.”
The work, which will be carried out by South West Highways, is expected to take six to eight weeks. It will then re-open to traffic.
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