Final proposals to improve the Drumbridges roundabout on the A38 and access link to Heathfield will go on show at a public exhibition next week.
The scheme, which aims to relieve the current levels of congestion at the junction by upgrading the roundabout and the link to the Battle Road junction on Newton Road, will be displayed at Heathfield Community Centre on September 11 from 2pm until 8pm.
It follows a public consultation held last summer on the detail of the initial proposals. Following the feedback from local residents and businesses, further design and environmental work has been carried out and the scheme has now been finalised.
The improvements involve:
• a new pedestrian / cycle bridge and crossing points;
• signalising the Drumbridges roundabout;
• re-introducing a two lane circulatory route around the roundabout and providing additional lanes on the approaches to the roundabout;
• upgrading the junction at Battle Road.
This exhibition will provide members of the public with an opportunity to view the final scheme layout and discuss them with Devon County Council officers.
Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: "The response from last year's consultation has helped inform the final layout of this scheme, and we want people to see how we are now proposing to improve this junction. Congestion is currently hampering future development and this scheme will ensure the local economy isn't held back. We hope the local community and local businesses will take this opportunity to view the final proposals."
Cllr George Gribble, County Councillor for Bovey Tracey Rural, said: "Traffic heading to and from work and school around Drumbridges causes terrible hold-ups on the A382 in the early morning and afternoon. I'm really pleased this scheme is coming to fruition, and the public consultation from last summer has reassured us how vital this work is.
"Personally I'm also glad that all of the trees will be replanted after the completion of the work. I would encourage local people to come and see the final proposals are so that they are up to date and fully informed of the scheme's progress."
Information from the events will be available online from Thursday 12 September at www.devon.gov.uk/drumbridges