Weight restriction lifted at Shaldon Bridge

Shaldon Bridge

Posted on: 17 December 2018

Devon County Council has today (Monday 17 December) lifted the weight restriction and diversion at Shaldon Bridge.

Following repair work overnight on Thursday, the concrete poured around the defective pier is up to strength.

The Grade Two Listed structure is now able to operate up to its 40 tonne capacity.

Stagecoach will resume normal service from tomorrow morning and emergency services have been informed that the weight restriction has been removed.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “To return the bridge to its full 40 tonne capacity in under eight weeks has been a monumental effort taking into account the heavy civil engineering involved, the limited working time due to having to dive at slack water and the awful weather we have had to contend with recently. This has been a great team effort between the original dive inspectors XIEAD, Devon County Council bridge engineers and the local contractor TMS Ltd.”

Cllr Alistair Dewhirst

Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, Devon County Councillor representing Shaldon, said: “We are naturally all delighted that the bridge has reopened to all traffic. It has been a tremendous effort by our Devon County Council engineering team and the local contractor TMS, working in some of the toughest conditions – we all thank them for their efforts. Hopefully people will come over and enjoy everything that Shaldon has to offer – fabulous pubs and restaurants as well as boutique shopping. It is also great to hear that the bus service has been resumed. This is clearly a lovely Christmas present to everyone in the community.”

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