Essential repairs at Kenwith Viaduct

Kenwith ViaductKenwith Viaduct

Posted on: 14 October 2016

Essential bridge refurbishment of Kenwith Viaduct on the A39 near Bideford will start on Thursday 27 October.

A routine inspection by Devon County Council engineers in July discovered several cracks in the bridge expansion joint at the Bideford end of the structure. As a safety precaution, a temporary speed restriction and cover plate have been in place ever since.

The £250,000 scheme to remove and replace the damaged expansion joint is expected to take around 14 weeks to complete.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The expansion joint at the north east end of the viaduct has reached the end of its life and although the safety precautions are in place to help prevent further damage, we need to carry out this repair as soon as possible. Every effort is being made to minimise disruption, but we need to ensure these extensive repairs are completed as soon as possible.”

Temporary two-way traffic lights and a 20mph speed restriction will be in place throughout the scheme, although the traffic signals will be removed over the Christmas holidays. An overnight closure may be required during the scheme, but advanced notice will be given.

Cllr Robin Julian

Cllr Robin Julian

Councillor Robin Julian, Devon County Councillor for Bideford South and Hartland, said: “These repairs are essential and we will make every effort to ensure that all traffic can travel on this stretch of the road with minimal delays while the work is undertaken.”

Cllr Andrew Eastman

Cllr Andrew Eastman

Councillor Andrew Eastman, Devon County Councillor for Northam, said: “I’m delighted that such an important structure is receiving the urgent attention it deserves in order to safeguard it. This is on a strategic route between Devon and Cornwall so it’s vital this work is carried out.”

The work will be carried out by contractor SWH Ltd.

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