Essential repairs to start at Riverford Bridge

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Posted on: 6 January 2017

Essential repair work will get underway at Riverford Bridge, Staverton, on Monday (9 January).

A series of inspections and repairs will be carried out on and adjacent to the structure on the A384 over the next five weeks.

Work will include the replacement of safety barriers and edge supports, as well as the rebuilding and repair of the retaining walls and approach walls.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place for the first week and the bridge will then be completely closed from Monday 16 January, for a period of four weeks. Contractor South West Highways will be working seven days a week during the road closure in order to minimise its duration. The road is expected to re-open by Saturday 11 February.

During the closure, the official diversion will be signed via the A384, A385 and A38. Local businesses and communities can still be accessed either side of the closure.

Members of the public with any queries about the scheme should contact Sonia Marshal on 01404 821500 or email

10 comments on “Essential repairs to start at Riverford Bridge

  1. MARIE WILSON says:

    We are due to visit Dartmouth this weekend and would like confirmation that Riverford Bridge is now open to traffic?


  2. Ian Leonard says:

    Could you please confirm that Riverford bridge, and more importantly the traffic lights at Staverton Bridge, will be removed by Friday 10th. The South Devon Railway has a Steam Gala starting on 11th. The Crossing Gates will need to be closed to traffic 27 times on Saturday and Sunday albeit for only a few minutes each time. If the traffic lights are still in place chaos will ensue.

    Duty Station Master
    Staverton Station

  3. Rod Edwards says:

    Given the total chaos caused on what is a major route and the lack of any nearby properties that would be disturbed, why are they not working 24 hours as well as 7 days a week

    • Thanks, Rod. Unfortunately, the nature of the work does not allow for 24 hour working as construction activities, such as concrete pours and curing times, would not allow efficient use of workforce. We would encourage road users to use the official diversion route via the A385 and A38.

  4. Michelle Jeffrey says:

    The diversion heading towards Totnes was totally blocked this morning. Assuming the diversion was a left turn at the “road closed” sign as there were no diversions marked. It was chaos!

    • Hi Michelle, Thanks for your comment. There is no intention to divert traffic via the left turn you refer to as this passes over Staverton Bridge which has a 6’6” width restriction and is via narrow lanes. The signed diversion route is via the A38 & A385.

  5. Sue from Dartmouth says:

    You need to ban parking outside the school in Dartington (opposite the industrial estate). This was bad at 7.00 this morning.
    Main road into South Hams – best avoided by ALL locals and leave this diversion to people who don’t know any better!
    Lorries cannot pass in many places including of course the dog leg railway bridge.

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