Essential work on canal bridges

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Posted on: 29 July 2015

Essential work is to be carried out to the canal bridges on Bridge Road next month (August).

On Monday 10 August and Tuesday 11 August, inspections and maintenance work will be undertaken on the swing bridge. Contraflow arrangements will be in place, with all traffic using the bascule bridge.

From Wednesday 12 August to Monday 17 August, the contraflow will run on the swing bridge, as the timber joint between the bascule bridge and the road will be replaced and upgraded with a reinforced concrete and stainless steel structure. During this phase of work, Bridge Road will be closed to all HGV traffic, which will be diverted along Topsham Road, Exe Bridges through Marsh Barton and back towards Bridge Road.

A temporary pedestrian crossing will be installed on the Exeter side of the bridges during the work. The existing crossing will remain open and will be closely monitored.

The work will be carried out by contractor South West Highways Ltd (SWH).

2 comments on “Essential work on canal bridges

  1. Keith Marshall says:

    Who the hell thought this was a great idea to start these works over the summer holidays, whoever you are you obv don’t need to drive this road. Unbelievable… Is the traffic not bad enough leading upto the weekends & over the weekends.
    Add to this the 15wk traffic lights on Topsham road.. What happened to minimal works over the summer? Unbelievable…

    • Thanks for your comment Keith. Traffic flows during peak times are reduced during the school holiday periods, and although there will inevitably be delays, August is the best time to carry out this work. This is urgent work that has to be done as soon as possible and could not be done during the October half term.

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