Speed limit on Torridge Bridge ahead of planned joint repair

Torridge Bridge

Posted on: 24 October 2017

A precautionary 20mph speed restriction is being introduced on the A39 at Torridge Bridge, near Bideford, in order to protect an expansion joint which needs replacing.

The temporary safety measure is being imposed ahead of an £800,000 scheme to replace the west expansion joint which is due to start on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

When the scheme gets underway, work on the structure will be undertaken overnight with temporary traffic lights in use from 7pm to 7am, in order to maintain access over Torridge Bridge.

The work is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

Outside of these overnight working hours, both lanes of the bridge will be open with a temporary plate covering the expansion joint and the 20mph speed restriction will remain in place.

The section of the bridge deck near the expansion joint will also be resurfaced during the refurbishment scheme, which is similar to that undertaken at Kenwith Viaduct last year. It is likely that the east expansion joint will be replaced at a later date.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is an important investment on essential repairs to ensure the long term safety of this bridge expansion joint. While we appreciate it will cause some disruption, every effort will be made to keep it to a minimum and we would urge everyone to bear with us while work is carried out in the New Year.”

Councillor Linda Hellyer

Councillor Linda Hellyer, County Councillor for Bideford East, said: “Devon County Council will do its best to ensure any disruption is kept to the minimum on our strategic Torridge Bridge. The current expansion joints have lasted 30 years and I am reliably informed that the new generation expansion joints will not only be much quieter, benefiting nearby residents, but will last for even longer.”

Cllr Andrew Eastman

Councillor Andrew Eastman, County Councillor for Northam, said: “A terrific amount of planning has gone into this intricate project. Although it will cause some disruption it will be well worth it when completed.”

Work will be carried out by South West Highways Ltd.

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