Bideford walkway works nearing completion

Cantilever repairs to be completed by Christmas

THE �750,000 scheme to replace the cantilever walkway leading to Bideford Long Bridge is due to be completed by mid-December.

Work has been ongoing since February after it was found that the walkway in front of the town library and Tanton’s Hotel was in poor condition and structurally weak.

The walkway is being replaced and a new wall constructed.

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “Over the coming weeks the Quay wall will be fully rebuilt and a new steel railing will be installed.

“There will also be some work on extending the existing drainage, replacing street furniture and resurfacing the road and footway.”

The work is being carried out by Dawnus Construction.

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The old wall was demolished and the replacement retaining wall has been sheet-piled, rock anchored and reinforced with concrete.

To minimise disruption to traffic, most of the work has been carried out from the river bed.

But this has meant that it has taken longer to complete because of the restricted working time around high tides.

Two-way traffic flow has been maintained along New Road throughout the contract and a safe route for pedestrians was put in place.

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