Pedestrians urged not to ignore safety measures during bridge refurbishment

Bideford Long Bridge

Posted on: 13 October 2017

Pedestrians are being urged not to ignore safety measures which have been introduced during the refurbishment of Bideford Long Bridge.

The pavement on the north side of the bridge has been closed, and pedestrians had been directed to use the existing crossing in order to use the opposite pavement. However, pedestrians have been ignoring the temporary barriers and signs and have been walking in the road.

The closures were temporarily removed over the last week but from Thursday 19 October, the contractor will close the footpath on the northern side of the bridge as far as the pedestrian crossing at the eastern end of the bridge.

On the west end of the bridge the footpath will be closed and a temporary pedestrian crossing provided, where the path will be clearly closed off with barriers along the bridge to make it clear to pedestrians that they need to cross.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The temporary signs and barriers are there for people’s safety and we would advise everyone to please follow them. Anyone ignoring them is putting themselves and others at risk. Although a pedestrian route could be located in the road, it would make the bridge too narrow for two-way traffic and temporary traffic signals would need to be introduced.”

Councillor Linda Hellyer

Councillor Linda Hellyer, Devon County Councillor for Bideford East, said: “While essential maintenance work is being carried out on our historic Longbridge, one of the footways will be closed. I would urge all pedestrians to follow the safety signage. Please do not attempt to walk in the road, as some people have been doing. Please follow the alternative route. Devon County Council wants you to arrive safely at your destination.”

Refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed structure, which includes repointing of the bridge piers, started last month and is expected to take around 18 weeks. Resurfacing of the bridge desk is also scheduled to be undertaken in mid-November.

Work is being carried out by South West Highways Ltd.

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