Plans to close Shaldon Bridge completely to finish repairs this weekend have been put on hold because of the bad weather conditions.
A provisional closure was planned for Sunday December 2. But this week’s stormy conditions have delayed a barge which was delivering the giant 3.7 tonne steel pipe needed for the repair.
Devon County Council has today confirmed that the £150,000 next stage in the repair of the Grade Two listed bridge has been postponed as a result. Diversions are still in place with a three tonne weight limit stopping HGVs and buses running along the main route
The steel pipe is needed by contractor TMS Ltd of Teignmouth to repair the pier support which contains rotting timber piles.
The steel pipe will be clamped around the damaged pier column. Concrete will then be pumped into the pipe, around the supporting piles. The bridge will need to close completely while the concrete has time to cure.
After that the county council hopes to remove the three tonne weight restriction.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “It’s unfortunate there has been a delay but we will look to rearrange the work as soon as possible. This is an important step in getting Shaldon Bridge back up to strength.
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“The inspection teams have had to contend with atrocious conditions while carrying out their work so our thanks must go to them for their efforts.
“We appreciate that when the closure does take place it may cause some disruption but every effort is being made to keep that to a minimum.”
Councillor Alistair Dewhirst said: “We are really sorry that the proposed concrete pour will not happen on Sunday.
“Our amazing bridge engineers and contractor have been working in all weather conditions but sadly the high winds have beaten them to the Sunday deadline.
“When it is safe to continue, and at a time to cause the least congestion, work will recommence. We are very sympathetic to all the businesses in the village who have suffered but can assure you the bridge will be back to its normal 40 tonne weight limit as soon as possible.”
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