A361 North Devon Link Road – new junction for east of Tiverton and Challenge Fund resurfacing scheme
A new junction on the A361 is being built in order to provide access to the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension which is a residential development located between Tiverton and Post Hill.
The junction will be located to the east of Gornhay Cross junction. The location of the proposed junction can be seen here.
Work began on 4 September 2017 and will be split into several phases. Phase one will be the construction of the westbound left in left out (LILO) junction including on and off-slip roads. This is programmed for completion in summer 2018. A plan showing what will be built during phase 1 is available here.
Update – February 2018
Resurfacing work on the westbound A361 carriageway is nearing completion and work will commence on the second phase of resurfacing on Monday 12 February.
On Sunday 11 February at approximately 8:00pm the eastbound carriageway of the A361 will close one lane at a time to allow the contraflow system to be switched to the westbound carriageway. A signed diversion route will be in place while this change is implemented.
On the morning of 12 February the westbound carriageway will be opened and traffic will be in a contraflow system while resurfacing takes place on the eastbound carriageway. Work on this phase will last for approximately five weeks. During this phase Gornhay junction will be closed to eastbound traffic with motorists travelling towards the M5 being diverted via Bolham roundabout. Diversion signs will be in place.
Please note the above work is weather dependent and might therefore be postponed at short notice. In this case the switching of the contraflow will be undertaken as soon as possible after the planned date.
There are then due to be a number of overnight closures to remove the contraflow and resurface the road close to Bolham roundabout, until the resurfacing is complete around Friday 13 April.
Resurfacing work will not be carried out over the summer months, but when it resumes in September 2018 it will switch to the east section (east of Gornhay Junction to junction 27 of the M5) until work is completed in spring 2019.
The speed limit will be temporarily reduced to 40mph to protect members of the public and the workforce. Following completion of the contract the temporary speed limit will be removed.
To protect nearby residents all construction traffic associated with the construction of the LILO will have to use the A361.
The scheme is being funded through a combination of Challenge Funding, Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership Funding and developer contributions.
You can find out more, including contact details, on the appointed contractor’s website – Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd.