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A38 Marsh Mills Flyover repair work begins

03 September 2013 11:48

Highways Agency

Essential work on the A38 Marsh Mills Flyover near Plymouth will start on September 8 and continue for eight weeks.

Project Sponsor, Mike Hillier, said:

“We have planned the repairs of the joints very carefully and specialist teams are ready to work seven days.

“The first joint was repaired at the end of last year and during this final stage we will be repairing the remaining three joints.

“A 40mph speed limit with be in place throughout the works.”

The first phase of the work included installing 'crossover points' at either end of the flyover to allow traffic to travel in contraflow over the viaduct.

Westbound traffic wishing to access the Forder Valley will be advised to exit the A38 at Marsh Mills and travel, via Marsh Mills roundabout and the access road parallel to the A38, to Forder Valley Junction.

While the first joint is repaired traffic will travel in contraflow along the eastbound carriageway. The contraflow will move to the westbound carriageway on Saturday, 28 September while the remaining two joints are worked on.

Notes to Editors

Notes to Editors
1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.
2. We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.
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