Pier sup­port work de­layed by weather

Western Morning News - - News -

A pro­vi­sional clo­sure planned for Shal­don Bridge on Sun­day has had to be post­poned.

Devon County Coun­cil and con­trac­tor, TMS Ltd of Teign­mouth, were plan­ning to carry out re­pairs to the pier sup­port which was found to con­tain rot­ting tim­ber piles.

How­ever, ter­ri­ble weather has de­layed de­liv­ery by barge of a 3.7 tonnes steel pipe, which is needed for the repair, and the pro­posed clo­sure of the Grade II-listed bridge has been post­poned as a re­sult.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity is now look­ing to re-sched­ule the re­pairs.

When work is car­ried out, the steel pipe will be clamped around the damaged pier column. Con­crete will then be pumped into the pipe, around the sup­port­ing piles. Once the con­crete has had time to cure, the county coun­cil hopes to be able to re­move the three tonne weight re­stric­tion in the com­ing weeks.

Coun­cil­lor Stu­art Hughes, Devon County Coun­cil Cabi­net mem­ber for high­way man­age­ment, said: “It’s un­for­tu­nate there has been a de­lay but we will look to rear­range the work as soon as pos­si­ble. This is an im­por­tant step in get­ting Shal­don Bridge back up to strength and I’m pleased a swift so­lu­tion has been found.”

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