Shaldon Bridge repairs postponed due to poor weather

Shaldon Bridge

Posted on: 29 November 2018

A provisional closure planned for Shaldon Bridge on Sunday (2 December) has had to be postponed.

Devon County Council and contractor, TMS Ltd of Teignmouth, are planning to carry out repairs to the pier support which was found to contain rotting timber piles.

However, the recent weather conditions have delayed delivery by barge of a 3.7 tonnes steel pipe, which is needed for the repair, and the proposed closure of the Grade Two listed bridge has been postponed as a result.

The local authority is now looking to re-schedule the repairs. When work is carried out, the steel pipe will be clamped around the damaged pier column. Concrete will then be pumped into the pipe, around the supporting piles. Once the concrete has had time to cure, the County Council hopes to be able to remove the three tonne weight restriction in the coming weeks.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “It’s unfortunate there has been a delay but we will look to rearrange the work as soon as possible. This is an important step in getting Shaldon Bridge back up to strength and I’m pleased a swift solution has been found. The inspection teams have had to contend with atrocious conditions while carrying out their work so our thanks must go to them for their efforts. We appreciate that when the closure does take place it may cause some disruption but every effort is being made to keep that to a minimum.”

Cllr Alistair Dewhirst

Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, Devon County Councillor representing Shaldon, said: “We are really sorry that the proposed concrete pour will not happen on Sunday as planned. Our amazing bridge engineers and contractor have been working in all weather conditions but sadly the high winds have beaten them to the Sunday deadline. When it is safe to continue, and at a time to cause the least congestion, work will recommence. We are very sympathetic to all the businesses in the village who have suffered but can assure you the bridge will be back to its normal 40 tonne weight limit as soon as possible.”

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