Resurfacing works will see Bideford Long Bridge closed to traffic this December, though people can still walk across

Bideford’s Long Bridge is due to be closed for a week for resurfacing work this December.

As part of refurbishment of the Grade 1 Listed structure, the bridge will be closed from Monday, December 4 to Friday, December 8.

During the closure the road surface material will be removed in order to apply a waterproof layer to the bridge deck, to prevent water damage, before resurfacing.

Pedestrian access will be kept open throughout the closure, though the footpath is closed on the northern side of the bridge as far as the pedestrian crossing at the Royal Hotel.

At the Town Hall end, the footpath is closed and a temporary pedestrian crossing is in place.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “Although the resurfacing is being carried out later than originally planned, the scheme remains on schedule to be completed by mid January.

“The contractor, South West Highways, will be working extended hours while the road is closed in order to minimise the duration of the closure.”

Councillor Linda Hellyer, Bideford East county councillor, added: “I would ask everyone to bear with us while this essential maintenance work is carried to preserve our historic Longbridge.

“The contractors are working extended hours in order to keep the disruption to the minimum.”