Pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the River Yeo closes for repairs

Swing bridge over the River Yeo River Yeo swing bridge cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Ian Capper

Posted on: 3 June 2019

A pedestrian and cycle bridge on the Tarka Trail is closed from today, (Monday 3 June) for eight weeks, for essential repairs and maintenance.

The swing bridge over the River Yeo at Barnstaple is undergoing major refurbishment.

First built in 2000, work now is needed to replace structural tie-bars, deck boards, and navigation warning lights. There will also be some re-painting of the steel superstructure.

The work requires the removal of the fixed span, by crane, to enable maintenance to take place.

The bridge will be closed to cyclists and pedestrians for the duration of the work, with a short, signed, diversion route passing the Rugby Ground and via Mill Road, Rolle Street and North Walk.

A spokesman for the County Council said:

“It’s important that we maintain the bridge so that it’s in good order and safe for people to use. We’re doing the work now, so that it’s completed before the busier summer months. There’s a lot to do, so we ask Trail users to bear with us while we make the improvements. There is a diversion in place, but it is a short one, so doesn’t add much to the journey.”

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