Essential bridge repairs on A361

River Exe ViaductRiver Exe Viaduct

Posted on: 21 September 2015

Essential bridge refurbishment is due to start on the A361 on Monday 28 September and is expected to take around four months.

Devon County Council will be replacing the failed expansion joint on the River Exe Viaduct, west of Bolham Roundabout in Tiverton, while also waterproofing the bridge deck, which is required every 25 to 30 years. Work is expected to be completed by January 2016.

Since November 2014, a temporary cover plate has been in place on the expansion joint and speed restrictions have been imposed to help prevent further damage to the structure.

The County Council has been working closely with term maintenance contractor SWH Ltd to ensure the traffic management causes minimal disruption.

Eastbound traffic, heading towards Tiverton/M5, will be diverted onto the B3227 and A396 via Cove for the duration of the work. Traffic heading westbound away from Tiverton, towards South Molton, will be undisrupted for the majority of the scheme, except for a number of overnight closures which will be necessary.

The road will be fully closed overnight during certain operations, with both west and eastbound traffic diverted via Cove. The scheme will start with the first closure from midnight to 6am on the morning of Monday 28 September. It will close again from 7pm on Monday 28 September, re-opening 6am the following morning.

As the scheme progresses, dates for upcoming night time closures will be displayed on advance warning signs on site.

3 comments on “Essential bridge repairs on A361

  1. John Byrne says:

    Is the contractor permitted to close the westbound carriageway for ‘overnight’ closures at 18.00? At this time it is very disruptive, particularly when combined with Traffic management on the diversion route.

    • Hi John. The closure that you’re talking about isn’t for our bridge works. I believe that they are to do with the windfarm works at Knowstone.

      When it comes to our work on the bridge, which involves waterproofing the bridge deck, it’s all weather dependant. Preliminary dates for our next overnight closures will be mid November and mid January, but it will depend on how it’s progressing. When we’ve got dates, we’ll let people know in advance.


  2. george morgan says:

    Well done chaps! 4 months! In China they could build a whole city with complete infrastructure in that time! What on earth are you playing at? I passed this way and as usual most operatives were sitting in their vehicles reading papers. Get out there and do some flaming work!

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