B3193 – Teign Valley

Spara retaining wall – 400m north of Spara Bridge

The Spara retaining wall

Work began on Monday 20 November and is due to finish at this site on Friday 19 January 2018.

Road closures are confirmed for 8 – 11 and 15 and 16 January 2018.

The road will be closed from 8:30am to 3:30pm in order to minimise any inconvenience and will allow local school buses to pass through the site avoiding the diversion. The diversion route can be seen here.

The road crossing the B3193 from Exmouth cottages into Lower Ashton will remain open for local traffic to use.

What are we doing?

A section of the masonry retaining wall has collapsed. To enable rebuilding of the wall we must stabilise it first. This will include installing anchors through the wall into the bedrock. Two temporary props will be fixed on the end of the anchors to help stabilise the wall. A reinforced concrete beam will be built into the southbound carriageway. This will provide additional support to the northbound carriageway – which will enable one lane to remain open to traffic whilst the wall is rebuilt.

Other sections along the wall will undergo general maintenance, with local rebuilding where required.

The contractor carrying out this work is South West Highways (emergency tel. 01404 821500).

Why do we have to close the road?

Due to the size of the machinery and to allow a safe area of working for the operatives we require a 4-day road closure in early January.

After the wall is fully rebuilt, the highway will be resurfaced, which will require two days of closures (15 and 16 Jan).

Why is there such a long diversion route?

We have a duty to divert traffic along a similar or higher classification of road to that being closed so that all vehicles, including large articulated vehicles, can safely navigate the diversion route. Therefore because the B3193 is a B road, we have directed the official diversion onto A and B class roads.

If you require further information please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 155 1004.

Work already complete

The work that took place 500m south of Teign Valley Golf Club, adjacent to the old mine workings, was completed on 7 November.

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.

Teign Valley roadworks - soil nailing work  Teign Valley roadworks  Resurfacing work on the B3193