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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:10pm 9th September 2014. (Updated at 4:47pm 10th September 2014)

Ten million pounds is going to be spent digging up a Cornish road - that has only been open six years.

The Dobwalls bypass cost £53m but now officials admit, something has gone wrong.

The Highways Agency says there is too much surface water and that means, every winter, one lane of the A38 gets shut off because it turns to ice.

Now teams are set to dig up a mile-long stretch of the road.

Work starts next month - and should be finished round about Easter next year.

Stephen Coe, the Highways Agency project manager said: "It's not acceptable that we have to close off a traffic lane each winter because of the build-up of water and ice, so we will reconstruct this section of the road to rectify this. The work we are carrying out is essential to maintain safety on the A38 in this location.

"We are working with Cornwall Council and our contractors to minimise the disruption to road users and residents during the construction work. We aim to complete the scheme before the 2015 summer tourist season."

The original scheme replaced the single carriageway with a two mile dual carriageway to the north of the village, connected to a new roundabout on the west side of Dobwalls. From this roundabout, just over a half mile section of the A390 was built to take traffic over the railway line, overcoming the problem of a low rail bridge. The scheme has removed 85% of traffic from the village of Dobwalls improving road safety and the village.

Just under a mile of the two mile original scheme is affected by excess water building up. During the reconstruction of this section of road, the Agency will be able to complete a full investigation to identify the causes of the problem and install extra drainage measures.

Site preparation work will begin on the 22 September with full construction work starting in October.

During the main work, traffic will be put into contraflow on one carriageway providing single lane traffic in each direction. Work will be completed on each carriageway in turn and is due to be complete before summer 2015.

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