Horrabridge residents and many others will be affected by night-time closure of the A386, from 7 pm to 7 am, for most of next week, starting Monday Dec 10.
However, late breaking news – buses should run more or less as normal, although they will have to be negotiated through the road resurfacing works, which will be done in sections to allow for it.
For most traffic and for parking, the road will be closed from Yelverton roundabout to this end of Grenofen – allowing a turn into the connection with the Whitchurch road for traffic coming from Tavistock direction.
The closed section is indicated in red on the map below. The blue line marks the lengthy main-roads diversions which traffic will be encouraged to take – through Plymouth and Gunnislake. The actual works will take place over 170 metres through Horrabridge, roughly from Manor Garage to the bottom of the hill towards Magpie Bridge, and the junction at the top of Graybridge Road will be closed off during the closure periods.
Drivers with local knowledge will not be stopped from using B-road shortcuts through Walkhampton, Princetown, Denham Bridge and so on, and the Whitchurch road to Tavistock will remain open. That could mean problems caused by lorry drivers trying their luck but should mean that most Horrabridge residents can get home at night and out early.
It looks like there might be problems getting in and out of the Manor Estate but Devon Highways have promised that emergency access will be possible at all times. Exactly how is still a matter of wait-and-see but they seem to have in mind that it will be possible to come in from the Crapstone road, by negotiation.
Some flexibility for buses has been promised and Stagecoach, which was expected to divert through Princetown, announced today that there would be no diversions to its normal services, although there might be some delays.
The work is scheduled for completion on Thursday night but Devon Highways has another night of closure in reserve in case needed.
The Horrabridge Times pointed out that most of the highway in question was not in obviously bad condition.
A Highways spokesman said: “The resurfacing is being carried out because the road has been identified as having a ‘low level of residual life’. This information comes from a visual condition survey together with data from a survey machine which assesses the structure of the road beneath the surface.”
A warning letter to residents says: “If you walk over freshly laid tarmac, or across the work area during any part of the process, please check your shoes before entering your house – and you may also like to check your pet’s feet – as we cannot accept liability for any damage caused.”
The Highways helpllne on the subject is 01404 821500.