Half term roadworks: Junction 29 upgrade enters next phase

Road users are advised the southbound exit slip road of Junction 29 of the M5 will be closed during October half term as part of Devon County Council’s ongoing scheme to upgrade the junction and A30.

The closure will be in place from 8pm on Friday 21 October until 6am on Monday 31 October to enable construction work to be carried out safely. The work will involve earthworks, drainage, construction of gantry bases, carriageway widening and surfacing. A diversion route will be signed using Junction 30.

An advisory 50mph speed limit will be in place on the M5 between Junctions 29 and 30. Signs advising of the slip road closure will be placed at Junction 28 for M5 southbound traffic. At peak times, the traffic signals at Junction 30 Sandygate will be adjusted to give greater priority to the southbound exit slip road , in order to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Further weekend closures may be needed during November, and if so, details will be given nearer the time.

The Junction 29 improvement scheme, which is also constructing a new link road to the old A30 at Blackhorse and junctions into the new Exeter Science Park development, started in May.

The scheme will open up access to the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point and is one of the many projects being delivered as a result of the public and private sector Growth Point Partnership. It forms part of the transport package for the Growth Point that will ensure that the transport system supports strategic development which will drive economic growth and prosperity in Devon.

The Growth Point includes the Exeter Science Park and Skypark business development, which together are expected to create more than 10,000 jobs and generate around �450million in private sector investment. It also features an intermodal freight and distribution facility and the new community of Cranbrook.

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Contractor South West Highways Ltd is carrying out the work on behalf of Devon County Council.