Scheduled weekend closure of Bridge Road 23-26 September

A further weekend closure of Bridge Road in Exeter will be needed later this month as part of the ongoing widening scheme.

The road will be closed to traffic from 10pm on Friday 23 September until 5am on Monday 26 September as the improvements continue.

During the closure, metal safety fences will be erected in two locations on the east side of the road, and new surfacing will be laid over the Exe Flood Relief structure.

This should enable the traffic layout to be amended when the road re-opens on Monday morning so the new lanes for traffic coming off the Canal Bascule bridge (heading towards Matford roundabout), will move tight to the east side of the road. This will give the contractor room to start work on the west (upstream) side of the Exe Flood Relief Structure, and the Alphinbrook Culvert.

The contractor will also take the opportunity during this closure to start concrete repairs to the underside of the Countess Wear Flood Relief bridge, which have to be done while the structure is traffic-free, because the vibration caused by moving vehicles means the concrete repair would not bond effectively. Finally, trenches across the road will be dug to accommodate new ducts for the operating system which controls the Canal Bridges and all the associated signals and barriers.

The diversion route will again be signed via Topsham Road, Alphington Road, Marsh Barton and the A379. The diversion route is available here. Details of changes to Stagecoach bus services will be published at

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access Bridge Road during the closure via temporary paths, and should take care and follow the site signage and any instructions from site staff.

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