Disruption ahead for motorists as flyover repaired
MOTORISTS face the prospect of an unhappy New Year after contractors announced they will be carrying out repair work on the Marsh Mills flyover.
After stating earlier this year the essential work on the A38 flyover would be completed by the end of November, the Highways Agency now says the first phase will begin next Monday and continue for five weeks.
The Agency said during this time overnight closures would be required.
The second phase has been scheduled for January, allowing a Christmas hiatus for drivers.
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The four joints on the flyover allow the structure to expand and contract with seasonal changes in temperature. The Agency says surveys on the Marsh Mills flyover have shown that all four joints need to be repaired in the near future.
The first phase of work will be to install 'crossover points' at either end of the flyover. These will allow traffic to travel in contraflow over the viaduct while work is taking place during future phases of the scheme.
Alexis Field, Highways Agency project sponsor, said: "We are planning the repairs of the joints very carefully and with consideration to road users on the A38 and other local roads in the area.
"The first phase of the work will be completed by early December and the second phase, where the first expansion joint will be repaired, has been scheduled for January to ensure no work takes place over the Christmas period.
"We are also working with Plymouth City Council to ensure our works do not impact on local authority work at Laira Bridge."
The crossovers will be installed overnight under a series of carriageway closures between 8pm until 6am the following morning.
During these closures the following diversions will be in place:
For westbound carriageway closure: take the Marsh Mills junction exit slip road, Marsh Mills roundabout and then travel westwards on the link road to Forder Valley junction. Take the Forder Valley junction westbound entry slip road and re-join the westbound carriageway.
For eastbound carriageway closure: take the Marsh Mills junction exit slip road, then go via the link road and Marsh Mills roundabout to Marsh Mills junction eastbound entry slip road and re-join the eastbound carriageway.
The second phase of the works will start in January and will require daytime carriageway closures.
The Agency has said details on these closures would be released "as soon as they are available."
Motorists could face a series of disruptions on the A38 Marsh Mills flyover during 2013 and into 2014 as the Agency said the three other joints would also need to be replaced, although the work was "subject to funding" during the next financial year.