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Fascine-ating work

Further to your article Faggot Power, fascines were successfully used in North Devon in 1958 on the A361 Barnstable to Braunton dual carriageway to construct the west bound carriageway opposite Ashford Cottages over peat beds.
Brushwood was cut from the banks of the Ilfracombe Road, laid directly on the surface and infilled with sand from the beach at Instow.

This was overlaid with quarry rubble to form a shallow embankment surmounted by flexible construction to finished road level.

This method was more economical and environmentally friendly that other methods mentioned in the Road Research Laboratory's 1958 Technical Paper no 40.

WJ CHAFFE (M), BRIMBLES, BARRACK HILL, DARTINGTON, TOTNES, DEVON, TQ9 6DG

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