A39 at Torridge Bridge
Work will take place on the A39 Torridge Bridge to the north of Bideford, on the main link road towards Bude. It is due to start on 2 January 2018 and the work will be carried out at night under two-way lights.
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. 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. This is to avoid the need for a road closure.
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 7.00am, five nights a week. This has been carefully planned to avoid the need for a road closure and 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 from 2 January 2018 until the end of March 2018.
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 £800,000. 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.