Temporary lights and lane closures removed from Shaldon Bridge
Posted on: 20 November 2018
Temporary traffic lights have been removed from Shaldon Bridge as investigations continue on the structure.
Although the three tonne weight limit remains in place, the findings from the latest diving inspections has satisfied engineers that it is safe to remove the traffic signals and lane restrictions.
Devon County Council and contractor TMS Ltd of Teignmouth have agreed repairs which will need to be carried out on the pier four downstream column.
The repairs will involve a 3.7 tonne, large diameter steel pipe being clamped around the existing column so that concrete can be poured around the four timber piles. Subject to suitable weather conditions, the pipe will be installed later this week, and this will enable concreting operations to take place at a date yet to be confirmed.
The bridge will need to be closed for around six hours when the concrete is placed. Every effort will be made to try and avoid busy commuter times in order to minimise disruption but the work is dependent on the tide.
Once the concrete has cured and reached the required strength, the weight restriction will be lifted which will then allow the bridge to be returned to full highway loading of traffic.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The teams assessing the structure of Shaldon Bridge have had to contend with difficult conditions which has meant they haven’t been able to carry out diving inspections every day, as they would have liked. Despite that, good progress is being made and the steel pipe is currently with the contractor being modified in preparation for it to be installed.”
Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, Devon County Councillor representing Shaldon, said: “This is great news for Shaldon! Engineers have worked tirelessly in very difficult conditions to get to this point. I am especially pleased that a local company, TMS, was able to step up to the mark, at short notice, and take on this demanding piece of work. I hope that the remedial work is completed as soon as possible so that visitors and locals are able to use the bridge and life can get back to normal. The shops are open for business, the pubs and restaurants are serving great food – so come back and visit the village and enjoy all the delights that Shaldon can offer.”Posted in: Community | DCC Homepage | Environment