£25,000 repairs after Torbay ring road car crash
A £25,000 repair scheme is being planned after a car smashed into crash barriers on Hamelin Way, Torquay.
The busy road was closed between the palm tree roundabout at Kerswell Gardens and the Gallows Gate roundabout for almost 12 hours following the incident in the early hours of Saturday.
Edginswell Lane was also closed after debris fell from the ring road.
A 22-year-old Torquay man, the driver of the Ford Fiesta, remains in a critical but stable condition at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
Drivers can expect more traffic misery when contractors are brought in to rebuild the 40 metres of crash barriers.
Torbay Council's highway team is likely to have to close off part of the busy A380 commuter road to carry out the vital repairs to the Edginswell Lane overpass.
Council workers had to replace the damaged barriers with a row of large dumpy orange bags of sand and traffic cones.
Council chiefs said work to install a more substantial, temporary barrier will start today and is expected to be completed within two days.
During the works, a one-way traffic system will be in operation on Hamelin Way.
Traffic heading south from Kerswell Gardens (towards Paignton) will continue to use Hamelin Way, while traffic heading north towards Kerswell Gardens will turn right at Gallows Gate roundabout and be diverted via Marldon Road, Shiphay Avenue, Shiphay Lane, Newton Road and Riviera Way.
A council spokesman said the work would not begin until 9.30am, to avoid the morning rush hour traffic.
But some delays will be inevitable.
She said: "It is unfortunate that these works will clash with the carriageway resurfacing currently being undertaken at Torre Station.
"However, we have a responsibility to make the overbridge safe without delay.
"We would advise any drivers who are able to avoid these areas on Thursday to use alternative routes if possible."
The speed limit will also be reduced in Hamelin Way.
A police spokesman said officers from the serious collisions investigation unit based in Newton Abbot were still investigating the incident.