Work progressing well on Teign Estuary Viaduct

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Posted on: 13 October 2015

Work is progressing well on the Teign Estuary Viaduct, Devon County Council has confirmed.

Essential repairs to the 40 year old bridge, which carries the A380 dual carriageway over the estuary, started in May and are on schedule to be completed by the end of the year.

The £3 million scheme involves repairing a failed expansion joint at the north end of the viaduct, waterproofing the 10,000 square metre bridge deck, replacing the whole of the highway drainage system which, in the past, has caused ponding, and installing a new high quality road surface.

The scheme is ongoing and from the week commencing Monday 26 October, work will move onto the outside southbound lane which will be closed for waterproofing and resurfacing.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “These repairs to the viaduct have had to be carried out in order to ensure traffic keeps moving on this vital stretch of road. The traffic has been managed well throughout the scheme, and no significant delays have been reported to date. Thanks must go to the travelling public for their co-operation and compliance with speed restrictions, which have been imposed for their safety and that of the workforce.

“As Devon has the biggest road network in the country, maintaining around 8,000 miles, it also means we have the largest number of bridges (well over 3,000) of any UK local authority which provides us with particular issues to contend with when their major components reach the end of their serviceable life.”

Councillor Gordon Hook, Devon County Councillor for Newton Abbot South, said: “I very much welcome the positive news that this critically important repair work is on schedule. I am certain that local residents will be equally delighted. Newton Abbot has endured what seems to have been an endless number of road repairs in and around town but there appears to be light at the end of a very long tunnel. Champagne corks will be popping when road travel eventually returns to normality.”

A 30mph speed restriction is in place along the viaduct to safeguard the workforce and to cater for the narrow lanes. Only one lane at a time is being closed to carry out the work and two lanes southbound are being maintained throughout the works using a contraflow system.

The work is being carried out by South West Highways Ltd (SWH) on behalf of the County Council.

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