B3193 Teign Valley Road progress update
I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know about the progress of the works we are currently undertaking to stabilize the highway embankment above the river teign approx. 500m south of the golf course.
The first set of road closures 4&5 sept were used to remove a large oak tree that was threatening the stability of the bank. We had to use a 60 t crane to lift it out in sections.
The first two rows of soil nails have been drilled and grouted up, the contractor SWH are slightly ahead of schedule in this regard.
We are currently planning a series of road closures Monday 2 to Thursday 5 Oct 0830-1530 to enable us to drill the lower two row of nails. A 14 t machine will be used and there’s simply not enough space on the road to keep it open and work. We are in the process of writing to local businesses, local residents and cycling groups.
Originally we had hoped that we could undertake this work from the river, but following discussions with the Environmental Agency and a meeting on site, they requested that we construct a stone causeway in the river to work from. This would have 4m wide, 1m deep and 80 m long that’s approx. 800 t of stone which would have had to be brought across the farmers field and then removed after the works – simply far too expensive and impracticable.
The owners of Canonteign Falls did send a letter from their solicitors threatening to “take legal action against the Council” on the first day of the closure. The “businesses open as usual sign” wasn’t with the first set of signs that needed to be put out, SWH quickly picked a couple of them up and put them out. We haven’t heard any more from Canonteign Falls.
On a positive note, the golf course have been very friendly and polite, we have put up some local direction signs during the road closures as they have been directly affected.
We are looking to have more closures 16-17&18 Oct to remove the old road surfacing, again due to space restrictions we can’t carry out this operation with the road open.
There is a large oak that’s leaning over the river that needs to be removed. Unfortunately it’s directly below some high voltage cables. Our contractor is in the process of liasing with WPD to arrange a shut down of the power lines to enable us to remove the tree. This will require another road closure, ideally we will try to phase the works with another activity.
One another note, you may have noticed that a section of masonry retaining wall about ½ mile north of Spara bridge has partially collapsed. There are now traffic lights in place. We are currently developing proposals to rebuild the wall. Whilst we have the road closed 2-5 Oct we will take advantage of this to enable us to undertake Site investigations and survey works.
Andy Matthews MIStrucE; C.Eng
Senior Bridge Engineer
Engineering Design Group
Devon County County