B3193 – Teign Valley

Site 1: opposite Spara Bridge, adjacent to the old mine workings

Work at this site was completed on 7 November.

Teign Valley roadworks

What have we done?

  • Removed large trees that had threatened the stability of the river bank.
  • Installed anchors through the embankment back into bedrock covered with a steel mesh to stabilise the road. In time vegetation will grow over the mesh so it will no longer be visible.
  • Resurfaced the southbound carriageway and installed new kerbing and fencing to the road edge.

Site 2: Spara retaining wall – 400m north of Spara Bridge

The Spara retaining wall

This site is located slightly north of Spara Bridge (which leads into Lower Ashton).

Due to a recent partial collapse of the retaining wall, it has been necessary to close the southbound carriageway to traffic, to ensure public safety.

Recent closures have enabled us to undertake ground investigation, a topographical survey, and remove trees that could destabilise the wall further.

A design is currently being undertaken, centred around construction safety and impact to road users.

Site work is planned to commence on Monday 20 November for approximately 3 months. The road will remain open with traffic lights in place but it will be necessary to close the road occasionally. All closures will be between 8:30am and 3:30pm to allow for school and commuter traffic. Local residents will be notified of the dates in advance.

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Site 3: Christow Bridge

Due to damage caused by a fallen tree, work is required to repair damage to the parapet on the downstream side of the bridge.

Work commenced on Monday 13 November for a maximum of 5 days and the road will be closed to vehicles between 8:30am and 3:30pm to allow for school and commuter traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to cross the bridge.

The road closure is required in order to allow for the on-site operations to take place safely as it was not possible to use two-way traffic lights due to the narrowing of the road on one of the approaches.