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Fears over sub zero temperatures

PUBLISHED: 12:39 26 November 2012

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Conditions on the county’s roads are improving but engineers express concern over cold temperatures forecast later in the week.

Conditions are improving today (Monday) across Devon’s major road network, but highways engineers have expressed concerns over road conditions as the county is expected to be hit by sub zero temperatures this week.

The Highways teams have been out early this morning identifying problems on the major road network and clearing up.

Chris Cranston, Devon County Council’s highway operations control centre manager, said: “We’re targeting most of the problems on the main road network today, before we’re then able to look at making longer term repairs to areas damaged by the excessive rainfall and flooding.

“We’re also prioritising communities, such as Christow, that have become partially cut off.

“And we’re hoping to scout our minor road network for problems.

“But with frost expected from Tuesday night, we’re concerned about road conditions.

“Heavy leaf fall, wet road surfaces and ice will make driving conditions treacherous, and running water will make salting less effective.

”We’re still advising caution, and reminding drivers not to drive into flood water; drive with caution; try to avoid driving after dark; and to stay up to date with weather and flood related news from the Environment Agency and Met Office.”

Routes affected:

In Barnstaple, the A377 has been closed due to flooding, as is the A399 due to a minor landslide.

The A396 at Cove is closed due to flooding.

The A377, Exeter to Crediton is passable with care.

The B3227, Exeter to Bampton is closed due to flooding.

Harts Lane in Exeter is closed due to a landslip. Ludwell Lane, Exeter and Ridgewell Road, Topsham, are also closed.

Western Way, Exeter, is currently open but may be closed later to allow for work to remove the large tree root-ball, that fell at the weekend.

In Newton Abbot, the main roads are open but there are reports of fallen trees and landslips.

The main road into Christow is closed, cutting the village off.

A landslip on the road at Combeinteignhead has also closed the main road.

Roads in Ivybridge are passable with care.

The B3213, Lydford to Ivybridge has been closed due to flooding, but is now passable.

In Torrington, the A386 is passable with care.

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