Shaldon Bridge – Piers 2 and 3 maintenance repairs

What are we doing?

Repairing and filling holes in the concrete pilecap foundations of two of the bridge piers, previously identified during dive inspections.

When are we closing the road?

The road will be closed twice overnight (6.30pm to 7.00am) at some time between 10 October 2019 and 7 November 2019.

Due to the nature of the work and the dependence on weather and the tide, the exact times for the closures are unknown but will be no earlier than 6:30pm and will cease before 7:00am the following morning.

Advance warning signs will be placed on-site as soon as the actual dates of each of the two closure are known.

Why are we doing this work?

The work is to protect the concrete piles and foundation pilecap from further scour and damage to the bridge foundations.

Why do we have to close the road?

We must ensure the safety of our workforce and the public and in order to comply with our safety guidelines we are unable to carry out this work without a road closure.

As this is a difficult work site working in and over water, the use of a concrete crane is required to pour concrete to the foundations of the structure. This will require the whole width of the carriageway but we will endeavour to keep the footway on one side of the bridge open.

This work will be completed at night in order to reduce the disruption as much as possible.

The Section 14 notice can be found here (available soon). The reference number is TTRO1931284.

Why is there such a long diversion route?

We have a duty to direct traffic along a similar standard of road to that being closed so that all vehicles, including large articulated vehicles, can safely use the diversion route.

Both the official diversion route and the alternative route for light vehicles will be treated with salt during periods of cold weather.

What will happen to the public bus service?

Bus companies are being informed and will be kept up-to-date, so will have time to make alternative arrangements for their services.