A39 at Torridge Bridge

Work is taking place on the A39 Torridge Bridge to the north of Bideford, on the main link road towards Bude. The work started on 2 January, will be carried out at night under two-way lights and will go on until early April.

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.

Update – February 2018

Work is progressing well with the project nearing the end of phase 1.

In order to reduce disruption in the future, additional work which has been identified during the course of the project will also be carried out. This will increase the duration of the project by two weeks.

The project has been carefully planned to ensure the road is open to the public during the Easter week and no work on top of the bridge is planned at night during this period.

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. This work will replace the west expansion joint with the east joint being replaced at a later date. A speed restriction has been implemented prior to this work to help prevent further damage to the joint.

Any associated drainage work will also be carried out.

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 Barnstaple bound side of the highway. Following the completion of phase 1, the traffic management will be switched and phase 2 to replace the Cornwall 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 7.00am, five nights a week. This has been carefully planned to minimise disruption to the local area as much as possible.

The occasional weekend daytime working may 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 works 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 the 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.

Why night-time working?

After a lengthy consultation process where numerous different options were considered, night-time working was thought to provide the least overall disruption to the residents and businesses of Bideford.

What is the cost of this work?

The work to replace the west joint is expected to cost around £700,000. This includes the costs of labour, materials and traffic control.

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, which is open Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm and Saturdays 9am – 1pm. Please phone 0345 155 1004 or 0845 155 1004.