Junction 29 works behind schedule
MAJOR works to improve a motorway junction to link with developments to the east of Exeter are behind schedule and over-budget.
Devon County Council had announced that the scheme for Junction 29 of the M5 was due for completion in the summer.
But a number of unforeseen complications mean work, which began last May, will now not be completed until October 16. And the original cost of £10.95m has risen to £12.215m.
A county council spokesman said: "Work to complete the scheme has been further complicated due to significant problems with existing underground services. This has meant the need for some redesign and re-phasing of work to minimise delays and disruption to the public."
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Traffic entering Exeter from the A30 and from Junction 29 has been affected by lane closures and a number of full overnight closures.
The improvements are part of a package of highway, public transport and cycling measures that will help open up the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, which includes the Exeter Science Park, Skypark business development and the new community at Cranbrook.
It followed the successful installation of the £3.75M Redhayes Bridge which provides access across the M5 for cyclists and pedestrians and links the city cycle network with the east of Exeter. Works still to be completed includes the resurfacing of parts of the A30.