THE A399 South Molton to Ilfracombe road will be closed for repairs about a mile north of Aller Cross from Monday, February 9 until Friday, February 13. Devon County Council has been working at several sites along this road since November as part of a £1

THE A399 South Molton to Ilfracombe road will be closed for repairs about a mile north of Aller Cross from Monday, February 9 until Friday, February 13.Devon County Council has been working at several sites along this road since November as part of a £170,000 improvement scheme. A culvert taking water under the road has been repaired and two retaining walls have been built to support the road which was at risk of slipping away. The wall and culvert work has used reinforced concrete and gabions with local stone facing up to three metres high. New verges and kerbing will help protect the new walls from heavy traffic.The contractors, South West Highways Ltd, have been able to do this work with traffic passing in single file with traffic lights. The final part of the project is the road foundation repair and resurfacing, and as the road is too narrow for this to be able to be done safely with traffic passing, it will have to be closed. Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "The investment in the maintenance and enhancement of the A399 demonstrates the county council's commitment to Devon's transport infrastructure and is important to ensure it remains safe and convenient to use. As this is quite a long diversion we would ask drivers to allow extra time for their journey during this work."Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, Devon County Councillor for South Molton Rural, said: "I'm sure local residents will appreciate the fact that this scheme is making the road much safer and will be relieved that once this final section of work has been carried out we will have a much improved road. This closure cannot be avoided at this narrow stretch and it is vital for the completion of this scheme."The signed diversion route will take drivers going to Brayford or Ilfracombe from Aller Cross into Barnstaple and via Bear Street and Goodleigh Road to Bratton Fleming to Four Cross Ways on the A399 and then on to Brayford and Ilfracombe direction.