Shaldon Bridge closure planned for repairs

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Posted on: 6 December 2018

Shaldon Bridge will be closed on the evening of Monday (10 December) in order to carry out essential safety repairs.

The closure, which will take place from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, will enable concrete to be poured around the bridge pier support which was recently found to contain rotting timber piles.

The work is tide dependent and this is a factor in the timing of the closure, as well as aiming for it to take place outside of peak traffic flows as far as reasonably practicable.

Work has been carried out this week to fix a 3.7 tonne steel pipe around the damaged pier of the Grade Two Listed Structure. The pipe was brought in by barge and clamped into position.

Concrete will now be poured into the pipe to reinforce the supporting piles. The County Council hopes to be able to remove the three tonne weight restriction in the coming weeks, once the concrete has had time to cure.

The work is again subject to weather conditions and may have to be delayed if conditions are poor.

Cllr Caroline Chugg

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We’re hoping the elements are with us this time so that we can get on with this essential repair. It’s not ideal that we’re having to close the bridge during the week but this is being done during the evening after peak travel time in order to minimise disruption as much as possible. We’re as keen as everyone else to get this bridge back to taking heavier loads as soon as possible.”

Cllr Alistair Dewhirst

Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, Devon County Councillor representing Shaldon, said: “Obviously I am delighted for Shaldon residents that this work will now be completed and allow the bridge to be reopened to all traffic. I hope that people will use the opportunity to visit Shaldon and enjoy the wonderful shops, pubs and restaurants in the Christmas holiday. Finally I would like to thank the Devon engineers and TMS, the contractor, for their tireless work in repairing the bridge as quickly as possible.”

The repair scheme is being carried out by contractor TMS Ltd of Teignmouth. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure.

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