Repairs to River Exe Viaduct set to finish a month early

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Posted on: 11 December 2015

Essential repairs to the River Exe Viaduct on the A361 are expected to finish a month ahead of schedule.

Devon County Council has confirmed that, depending on weather, work should be completed and the road west of Bolham Roundabout, in Tiverton, fully re-opened on Christmas Eve.

The scheme to replace the failed expansion joint and waterproof the deck of the bridge, started in September and was due to finish in January.

Over the next couple of weeks, repairs will be undertaken on the east expansion joint, the drainage system will be cleaned out, and final surfacing will be carried out.

Two further overnight closures are planned in the final stages of the scheme, from 7pm on Sunday 20 December until 6am the following morning, and then from 7pm on Wednesday 23 December until 6am on Christmas Eve. During these hours, the road will be fully closed with both west and eastbound traffic diverted via Cove.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is excellent news for everyone that travels on this section of the North Devon Link Road. I’m sure everyone will be pleased that this work will be completed a month ahead of schedule, and everyone who has worked on this scheme should be thanked for ensuring it is done in time for Christmas. These essential safety repairs are needed every 25-30 years, and it means the structure should be in good working order for many years to come.”

Councillor Des Hannon, local County Councillor for Tiverton East, said: “This is a welcome Christmas present for everyone in Tiverton and especially people living beside the diversion routes. A great way to start 2016. Congratulations to everyone who worked on this for so long in all weathers.”

Councillor Polly Colthorpe, local County Councillor for Tiverton West, said: “I’m delighted that the works will be complete in time for Christmas and I’m sure the local residents will be too – thank you all for your patience. Well done to everyone who brought the scheme to fruition ahead of schedule.”

The diversion route will remain the same as throughout the scheme. Eastbound traffic, heading towards Tiverton/M5, will be diverted onto the B3227 and A396 via Cove. Traffic heading westbound away from Tiverton, towards South Molton, will be undisrupted, except for the two final overnight closures.

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