Shaldon Bridge closed Wednesday 24 October
Posted on: 22 October 2018
Shaldon Bridge will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians on Wednesday (24 October) from 9.30am until 9pm.
Devon County Council is partially opening the bridge to carry out maintenance work.
In addition, temporary traffic lights will be in operation on Tuesday 23 October and Thursday 25 October to allow painting and greasing work on the structure.
The opening will be partial as no boats are booked in and this will be sufficient to revolve the mechanism and maintain the locking legs.
The diversion will be signed which will be via the A381 Teignmouth Road, A380 South Devon Link Road, B3199 Riviera Way, to A379 Teignmouth Road.
There will be no public access for the duration of the closure.
The bridge is opened every one to two years to ensure it remains functional.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for
Highway Management, said:
“An Act of Parliament is in place requiring the bridge to remain operational and be kept in working order. It has been many years since the lifting span was raised for commercial reasons.
“The closure on Wednesday could be in place until 9pm but we will do everything possible to reopen the bridge earlier and it is possible that the work will be completed in time for the evening rush hour. In that event we will update the public via social media and through our website.
“We appreciate that this closure will cause some disruption, and we have scheduled the work to take place during the half term break and after the morning rush hour to minimise this and we appreciate your patience and understanding.”
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