DEVON County Council is due to resurface three stretches of the A377 later this month. The £160,000 scheme at Chapleton and Fishleigh Road, about five miles south of Barnstaple, and at Newbridge, is due to start on Monday, November 24 and will take until

DEVON County Council is due to resurface three stretches of the A377 later this month. The £160,000 scheme at Chapleton and Fishleigh Road, about five miles south of Barnstaple, and at Newbridge, is due to start on Monday, November 24 and will take until Thursday, December 4 to complete. The surface is now worn out and a new quiet asphalt surface will be laid once some foundation repair works have been carried out.Due to its narrow width, the road will need to be closed when work is underway. To minimise traffic disruption, work will start each weekday (Monday - Friday) from 9.30am and the road will re-open at 4pm.A377 traffic will be diverted via South Molton during closures. Motorists are asked to follow the diversion signs. The work, which will be carried out by contractors South West Highway, complements the recently launched Country Mile Project aimed at reducing casualties on the A377.Cllr Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council executive member for environment, said: "The Country Mile Road Safety Project offers great potential to target resources of all of the highway and emergency services to improve the safety record of the Exeter to Barnstaple road. Good road maintenance is an essential part of keeping our roads safe and this is recognised by those who use rural roads the most. "A recent survey of rural drivers in Devon showed that, among other things, surface quality was a concern and I'm delighted that we have been able to respond to these issues so promptly on the A377."Cllr Joe Tucker, Devon County Councillor for Chulmleigh and Swimbridge, added: "I'm pleased the council is able to target resurfacing work on critical sections of the A377 and ask local motorists to bear with us while this work is underway.