Reconstruction work planned during next Bridge Road weekend closure

Bridge Road, Exeter (Credit – Skyflicks)

Posted on: 20 February 2017

Major road reconstruction will be carried out during a weekend closure of Bridge Road in Exeter next month.

The road will be closed from 10pm on Friday 3 March until 5am on Monday 6 March, to enable the area south of the canal bridges to be resurfaced. The existing carriageway, which is suffering structural failure, will be dug up and entirely re-laid, along with the widened section on the west side which will form part of the final four-lane layout.

The diversion route will be signed via Topsham Road, Alphington Road, Marsh Barton and the A379. Details of the diversion route are available here.

Details of changes to Stagecoach bus services will be available at

Information on diverted bus services is also available here.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access Bridge Road during the closure via temporary paths. They are advised to take care and follow the site signage and any instructions from site staff.

Keep up to date via the Bridge Road Widening Scheme website where you can sign up for alerts.

3 comments on “Reconstruction work planned during next Bridge Road weekend closure

  1. John Thorold says:

    I would like to mention in response to the reply to the previous question that whilst the contractual costs would have risen slightly with weekend working, the impact of lost time to the workforce and business community over the 18 months of continuous disruption and delays would have more than justified it. Also with the holiday season being impacted for a second year and concerts at Powderham, the reputational impact to Devon is significant. Simple things like the timings of the pedestrian lights should have been made to lessen the Queues in rush hour. The temporary lights for example on swing bridge change too regularly to allow any pull through of traffic flow from the higher upset of lights when on green. I am amazed with how badly planned that aspect has been on this project. Judging by the lack of activity in the first six months I feared a significant overrun from the start

  2. john braddick says:

    I note there is nothing on the web site about the delayed (extended),finish date for this work.
    I did hear a DCC employee on the TV saying some of the delay is due to flooding. We have just had the driest winter for a decade and I cannot remember any flooding in the area. We have, as usual , had some high spring tides but these are forecast and would have been built into the life span of the project!!
    Had DCC insisted on weekend working throughout the project it would have been finished by now . No, the cost would not have been more as the same volume of man hours would have been needed to complete the project.
    I understand the Contractor will be fined for a late finish and would be interested to know at what date that ‘kicks in’.

    • Thanks for your comment. The delay to the project has been caused by a number of factors including two flood incidents. Other issues include difficulties with the piling process and details of the flood relief structure differing from the “as-built” drawings.

      The works are being carried out by a contractor who was engaged following a competitive tender process. It is in the contractor’s interest to carry out the works as quickly and efficiently as possible. There are significant additional costs associated with working seven days a week driven by the Working Time Directive and the complications associated with the supply chain and delivery of materials.

      There are penalties within the contract that can be enforced between the contractual completion date and the date when four lanes of traffic are available. The completion date will be assessed in line with the terms of the contract. The completion date can move in response to contractual instructions which change the scope of work.

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