Five day closure of temporary Alma Bridge structure

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Posted on: 23 November 2016

The temporary Alma Bridge structure in Sidmouth is due to be closed next week to undergo essential maintenance work.

The bridge will be closed from Monday (28 November) to Friday 2 December while scheduled replacement of the wooden deck of the temporary structure is carried out.

Although weekly inspections of the temporary bridge are carried out to ensure it is safe to cross, the five day closure will enable the County Council’s bridge engineers to carry out a more detailed examination of the scaffolding, and scaffolding joints will also be strengthened.

While the bridge is closed, pedestrians will be diverted via the alternative footbridge at Mill Street, which is 350 metres upstream.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet member with responsibility for bridges and local County Councillor for Sidmouth, said: “We’ve seen this week the kind of winter storms that we’re likely to face, so it is important that this work is carried out at the earliest opportunity to ensure the structure remains in good condition. We need to ensure that this vital link for residents and coastpath walkers between the east of the river and Sidmouth is maintained while we continue to work up the scheme for a new bridge and sea defence works with our partners.”

The County Council remains committed to maintaining a link to the coast path, and work is continuing on designs for a new bridge further inland from Alma Bridge.

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