Temporary traffic lights will be introduced overnight on Bridge Road in Exeter this evening (Tuesday 17 May) from 11pm until 5am tomorrow morning.
Over the past few weeks a process known as hydro-demolition has been undertaken on the Countess Wear Flood Relief bridge, where high pressure water jets have been used to cut away the concrete but leave the reinforcing steel intact. (Further information on this can be viewed on Progress Report 1 here).
The reinforcing steel is all that now remains to link the edge of the structure, where the footpath previously existed, to the main body of the structure.
The temporary traffic lights will provide working space to allow the contractor to cut the steel and lift the large sections of concrete structure which will be loaded into dumpers to be taken away for disposal. Work can then begin on rebuilding a stronger edge to the structure, which is intended to carry the new widened road alignment.
Anyone travelling at this time should expect some delays, including limited periods of up to 10 minutes when the lights are set to ‘all-red’ in order to move construction plant.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access Bridge Road during this overnight period, although they may be marshalled through the works and are therefore urged to take care and follow instructions from the site staff.
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