A39 at Torridge Bridge

Work is taking place on the A39 at Torridge bridge to the north of Bideford, on the main link road towards Bude. It will be carried out at night under two-way lights and will finish at the end of December.

A bridging system will also be in place during the day to ensure both lanes remain open under a temporary speed restriction throughout the duration of the work.

What are we doing?

The expansion joints (which allow the bridge structure to expand and contract with changing temperatures) are failing and need to be replaced. These joints are a very important part of bridge design and essential to the long-term safe operation of the bridge.

While the expansion joint work is underway, work to examine and test the tensioned steel cables inside the concrete deck of the structure will also take place, utilising the traffic management.

What is phase 1 and phase 2?

The replacement of the expansion joint has been split into two delivery phases of approximately 6 weeks each.

Phase 1 will carry out work to the Cornwall-bound side of the highway. Following the completion of phase 1, the traffic management will be switched and phase 2 to replace the Barnstaple-bound carriageway will commence.

What traffic management will be used and when?

The traffic management will be in the form of two-way lights which will be in place between 7.00pm and 6.00am, five nights a week.

This has been carefully planned to minimise disruption to the local area as much as possible, however, a nighttime closure will be required on 21 October. This closure will be in place from 7.00pm to 6.30am.

The occasional weekend daytime working may also be necessary, for example, where noisier activities cannot be carried out at night (advance warning will be in place prior to this work).

We will maintain a 20mph speed restriction 100m either side of the work area on the Torridge bridge. This will be in place 24 hours a day for the duration of the work.

Abnormal loads

Abnormal loads will not be able to travel over Torridge bridge while this work is taking place without first contacting the Traffic Control Safety Officer. Call 07989 472735 (24hrs) at least 5 working days in advance.

All notifications should be made through the current channels with Devon & Cornwall Police. Email or call 01392 226177.

Hauliers will be advised of the available laybys east and west of the bridge for contractor assistance to be provided to move traffic management if required.

Please note that abnormal indivisible loads (AILs) are prohibited from using Bideford long bridge as an alternative to Torridge bridge.

Can I claim compensation?

There is no legal obligation or express statutory authority that enables Devon County Council to compensate for increased costs or any financial loss suffered as a result of the traffic management in place.

While every effort is made to inconvenience the public as little as possible there are times when however regrettable interruptions cannot be avoided.

If you would like any further information please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 155 1004.