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Overnight road closures along busy St Austell road

Overnight road closures along busy St Austell road

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:29pm 11th November 2019. (Updated at 2:31pm 11th November 2019)

Overnight road closures are in place along a busy road through St Austell.

Site investigations are underway on the A390 Holmbush Road from Monday 11th November.

Cornwall Council will be examining the foundations of the railway bridge to investigate the possibility of lowering the road to increase the height clearance so that larger vehicles can use that section of the A390 instead of driving through residential areas.
The investigation work will be carried out overnight between 11th and 29th November 2019 between 7.30pm and 6.00am.  

One lane of the road will remain open under traffic light control during those times. Outside of these hours, the A390 will be open as usual.  

"I know it has long been an ambition of residents to increase the 15ft 6inch height clearance for vehicles at the rail bridge over the A390.  

"These are exploratory works to see if that is a possibility.  

"We need that detailed information before we can determine whether the major engineering challenge of lowering the road is feasible and what the costs might be." 

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown

Officials say these investigations will help to inform the feasibility and cost of lowering the road under the bridge following which decisions can be taken on whether it is possible to proceed and how any agreed works can be funded.

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