Work is ongoing to replace Sidmouth’s Alma Bridge
PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 July 2016
Work on preliminary designs for a new bridge further inland from Alma Bridge is continuing, officials have confirmed.
Devon County Council (DCC) is carrying out geotechnical work to see if Hanger Path, on the east side of the river, can be re-routed so it is not threatened by erosion – and the link to the South West Coast Path can be retained.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s highways and flooding chief, said: “We are continuing with the preliminary design work on this new bridge scheme but it’s still in its early stages and costs have not yet been estimated.
“Depending on the final location of a new bridge, additional funding may be required for the associated ramp structures and we are working with all interested parties to secure funding for possible upstream options.
“This could incorporate a ramp structure on the western side of the river that would also enhance flood protection for Sidmouth’s eastern town.”
Inspections of the existing temporary bridge are ongoing to ensure it is safe to cross. If concerns are raised, it will be closed and the footbridge at Mill Street will be used as an interim alternative. DCC will continue to consider whether the bridge could be constructed in advance of the preferred BMP scheme, which could help minimise the duration of a temporary inland diversion of the coast path.
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