Sunday, September 8, 2013
The A399 at Watermouth will be closed overnight for 12 weeks while a new section of coast path is created.
WORK starts tomorrow (Monday) to create a new £277,000 section of the coast path at Watermouth.
Steps from the harbour are part of the South West Coast path network, but currently emerge on to the A399 not far from Watermouth Castle, forcing people to walk in the busy road.
At high tide the steps are cut off, so now Devon County Council has contracted MacPlant Limited to move the main road across and create a permanent footpath for walkers that can be used safely at all times.
The work is expected to take around 12 weeks and from Monday, September 16 until October 4, that section of the road between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe will be closed from 6.30pm to 7am.
Traffic signals will be in place during the day time from tomorrow and will remain there until the end of November.
It is being paid for by the council, plus a £50,000 donation from the South West Coast Path Association, and funding from the Rural Development Programme for England.
“Thousands of visitors enjoy the South West Coast Path every year, it is a vital contributor to our local economy,” said County Councillor Andrea Davis for Combe Martin Rural.
“We are delighted the council has recognised the significance of the path to our area. It is a stunning land and seascape and now we can look forward to many more people, locals and visitors being able to enjoy the walk in safety.”
Steve Church, secretary of the South West Coast Path Association said there had been concerns about the safety of walkers on that section for many years.
“This is why we offered what is our largest ever contribution to a Coast Path improvement project,” he added.
“We are delighted to see it now go ahead, and offer our thanks to Devon County Council and the South West Coast Path Team for making it happen.”