Discovery of asbestos water pipe delays major roadworks – Devon Live

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Roadworks which were due to be completed at the end of last week will go on for an extra month after the discovery of an asbestos water pipe.

William Prance Road and its junction with Tavistock Road in Plymouth were due to reopen on September 23 following extensive work.

The improvements are part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. Designed to reduce congestion between Tavistock Road and William Prance Road, the scheme started in January this year.

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The council announced a number of steps in April to counteract heavier congestion caused by the roadworks, including suspending on-street parking and bus lane restrictions in the worst-affected streets surrounding the roadworks, reports plymouthherald .

William Prance Road looks set to remain closed for an additional month after the council revealed the discovery of an unused asbestos water pipe, an uncharted concrete water tank and a gas main had delayed proceedings

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A council spokesperson said: “Work on the William Prance Road/Tavistock Road junction was originally programmed to end by the end of September, but we have had to deal with a number of unforeseen setbacks.

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“We now expect to end this work and re-open the junction towards the end of October, but only for traffic heading out of William Prance Road and traffic turning left from the southbound side of Tavistock Road to access Future Inn.”

The second phase of work (between the Future Inn and the Brest Road roundabout) will then get under way and this section of road will need to be closed eastbound, the council revealed.

“The westbound side will be fully open from the Brest Road roundabout to Tavistock Road, where traffic will be able to turn right to the north and left to the south,” the spokesperson continued.

“The right turn from Tavistock Road into William Prance Road is expected to re-open in early spring, when work between Future Inn and Brest Road roundabout is finished.”

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