The main route between West Hill and Ottery St Mary remains closed until further notice, but highways officers say they are doing all they can to speed up repairs.
West Hill Garage is suffering due to loss of trade, which comes after a different section of West Hill Road was closed for weeks last year.
I have been in touch with highways officers on a frequent basis asking for updates and letting them know of the increasing number of complaints I am receiving about the block, which is the result of a cavernous sinkhole under the tarmac, which extends further than the centre of the carriageway. I have also expressed concerns at the impact on West Hill Garage, after owners contacted me early last week.
Residents of Toadpit Lane are also complaining to me that traffic is using the lane as a ratrun as it is the official diversion. Toadpit Lane is a tiny single twisty country lane and there are reports of speeding and unsafe driving.
An officer told me yesterday that: “Approval in principle has been given to the design by our Flood Risk Management Team . Now we have an estimate and a design I have again stressed the urgency to our Asset Management team suggesting that, if necessary other programmed works be re-programmed to allow this repair to be expedited.”
Photo: The deceptively large hole in West Hill Road, which is blocking traffic.