Shaldon Bridge is going to close again – here’s what you need to know

Shaldon Bridge will be closed off to vehicles on Monday evening December10 to allow new cement to set around the rotting timber piles.

The works are tide dependant and the timings of the closure have been chosen to suit, whilst also aiming to take place outside of peak traffic flows as far as reasonably practicable.

The closure, which will take place from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, will enable concrete to be poured around the bridge pier support which was recently found to contain rotting timber piles. Pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge throughout the closure.

This week a 3.7 tonne steel pipe has been fixed around the damaged pier of the Grade Two Listed Structure. The pipe was brought in by barge and clamped into position.

Shaldon Bridge reduced to one lane because of safety fears
Shaldon Bridge reduced to one lane because of safety fears

Concrete will now be poured into the pipe to reinforce the supporting piles. The County Council hopes to be able to remove the three tonne weight restriction in the coming weeks, once the concrete has had time to cure.

The work is again subject to weather conditions and may have to be delayed if conditions are poor.

We’re hoping the elements are with us this time so that we can get on with this essential repair. It’s not ideal that we’re having to close the bridge during the week but this is being done during the evening after peak travel time in order to minimise disruption as much as possible. We’re as keen as everyone else to get this bridge back to taking heavier loads as soon as possible.

Specialist divers working on Shaldon Bridge
Specialist divers working on Shaldon Bridge

Cllr Alistair Dewhirst said: “Obviously I am delighted for Shaldon residents that this work will now be completed and allow the bridge to be reopened to all traffic.

“I hope that people will use the opportunity to visit Shaldon and enjoy the wonderful shops, pubs and restaurants in the Christmas holiday.

“Finally I would like to thank the Devon engineers and TMS, the contractor, for their tireless work in repairing the bridge as quickly as possible.”

The repair scheme is being carried out by contractor TMS Ltd of Teignmouth.

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