WORK starts on Monday (April 6) to repair a road near Okehampton labelled a ‘death trap’ by motorists because of its deep potholes.

An 11-mile stretch of the A3079 near Okehampton is being resurfaced from Fowley Cross to Cookworthy Farm, via Halwill Junction.

The seven-week Devon County Council scheme will be largely carried out during the day, with signed diversions in place. Some overnight work may be needed, in which case temporary traffic lights will be used.

The council’s highways department said that all the work would be undertaken from Monday to Friday, excepting Good Friday (April 10) and Easter Monday (April 13). There will be no weekend working.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: ‘This work is essential in order to address several safety issues with the current road surface.

‘We have to make sure that road conditions are safe, and it’s key that NHS staff, care workers, emergency services and essential deliveries can travel safely on our roads. Highways staff are being advised to observe social distancing guidelines while carrying out this vital scheme.’

During daytime closures, the signed diversion from Fowley Cross roundabout will be via the A386 towards Hatherleigh and then the A3072 via Highampton to Dunsland Corner. At Dunsland Corner, motorists leave the A3072 and take the left to A3079 Cookworthy Farm (and vice versa). Drivers with local knowledge may find alternative routes.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles at all times.

The scheme is expected to be completed by Tuesday, May 19.