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Repair plan agreed for Shaldon Bridge timber piles

Devon County Council has said that it has agreed a remediation plan for the timber piles found below piers on Shaldon Bridge, which carries the A379 over the River Teign.

The bridge has been subject to weigh restrictions and traffic management since council investigations revealed that plans it held for the structure’s foundations did not match as built conditions.

Shaldon Bridge’s original construction drawings show that the bridge’s piers are each made up of four concrete piles, which are encased in steel and concrete. However, the inspection unexpectedly revealed that one of the piles inside a pier was made from timber instead of concrete, which has started to deteriorate.

Devon County Council has appointed TMS to repair the four timber piles by placing a steel pipe around the existing column and filling the annulus with concrete. The council has said that the steel casings will be placed this week but the bridge will need to be closed for the concreting operation and a date has yet to be set for this part of the work.

Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management Stuart Hughes said: “The teams assessing the structure of Shaldon Bridge have had to contend with difficult conditions which has meant they haven’t been able to carry out diving inspections every day, as they would have liked. Despite that, good progress is being made and the steel pipe is currently with the contractor being modified in preparation for it to be installed.”

The council has said that once the concrete has been placed and cured, the weight restrictions will be lifted.

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