Bideford Long Bridge to be closed for resurfacing

Bideford Long Bridge

Posted on: 21 November 2017

Bideford Long Bridge is due to be closed for resurfacing from Monday 4 December to Friday 8 December.

The work is part of the refurbishment of the Grade 1 Listed structure which started in September.

During the closure the road surface material will be removed in order to apply a waterproof layer to the bridge deck, to prevent water damage, before resurfacing.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “Although the resurfacing is being carried out later than originally planned, the scheme remains on schedule to be completed by mid January. The contractor, South West Highways, will be working extended hours while the road is closed in order to minimise the duration of the closure.”

Councillor Linda Hellyer

Councillor Linda Hellyer, Devon County Councillor for Bideford East, said: “I would ask everyone to bear with us while this essential maintenance work is carried to preserve our historic Longbridge. The contractors are working extended hours in order to keep the disruption to the minimum.”

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure.

The footpath is closed on the northern side of the bridge as far as the pedestrian crossing at the Royal Hotel (eastern end) of the bridge.

At the Town Hall end (west end) of the bridge, the footpath is closed and a temporary pedestrian crossing is in place, where the path is closed off with barriers along the bridge to make it clear to pedestrians that they need to cross.

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