Councillor claims road repairs on B3230 at Muddiford are ‘absolutely vital’
A Devon County Councillor has claimed a five-week road closure is “absolutely vital”.
The B3230, which links Ilfracombe and Muddiford, has already been closed for nearly a week and is set to remain shut until at least the end of the month.
Devon County Council said a 200-metre stretch of the road would be closed while “essential” repair works are carried out.
The road will be closed between Lynton Cross and Shirwell Cross while a collapsed verge is stabilised and a 3.6 metre wall is built.
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The council said the “majority” of the works would be finished by March 29.
Devon County Councillor Stuart Hughes, responsible for highways and transportation, is urging motorists to ‘bear with the council’ while the roadworks are carried out.
He said: “It is absolutely vital we make repairs to this road. The extreme weather of the last few months has left much of our network in desperate need of repair and this is no exception.
“To leave it any longer would bring more problems in the long term and probably result in a worse situation for local traders and residents.
“We ask the community to bear with us, diversions are in place and signs have been put up stating businesses are open as usual.”
While the road repairs are carried out, there will be no access to Ilfracombe and Combe Martin from Barnstaple via the B3230.
A signposted diversion will direct all traffic via the A361 and the A3123.
Councillor Andrea Davis said motorists should not ignore road closure signs while the “essential” works are carried out.
She said: “These works are essential, and in order for the work to be completed the road has had to be closed with no through route.
“Motorists should not ignore the road closed sign unless they are accessing local properties, however the Muddiford Inn is open for business as usual.”