Bridge to be lifted into place over A39 Roundswell

Roundswell Roundabout: Courtesy North Devon GazetteRoundswell Roundabout: Courtesy North Devon Gazette

Posted on: 11 July 2017

The A39 near Roundswell in Barnstaple will be closed overnight next week for a new £2.7 million pedestrian and cycle bridge to be lifted into place.

To allow the safe installation of the structure, the A39 will be closed overnight from Monday (17 July) to, and including, Friday (21 July). The closures will be in place from 7pm to 6am on each of these evenings.

During the upcoming closures, the main steel span and approach ramps of the bridge will be lifted into place.

The scheme is being part funded with £1.879 million from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), through its Growth Deal with Government. Match funding is being provided through Devon County Council and developer contributions.

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said: “We are continuing to invest in infrastructure in northern Devon, and this bridge will support economic growth in the area. It’s another important element in the growing network of walking and cycling routes across the county and will provide a safe cycling link to Roundswell Business Park and land to the south earmarked for new employment land.”

A diversion route during closure periods will be signed via A39 (Roundswell Roundabout) – A3125 (Bickington) – B3233 (Fremington) – A39 (Torridge Bridge) and vice versa.

The first phase of the project to upgrade the roundabout was completed in 2014, and the installation of the bridge is future-proofed for any potential widening of the A39. Construction work in preparation for the new bridge started at the site, off the highway, earlier this year.

No further traffic management is scheduled for the A39 but completion work is expected to continue, off the highway, until late August.

Contractor Dyer and Butler Ltd will carry out the work.

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