PHOTOS: Something missing from the River Sid? Century-old Alma Bridge is no more

This view of the River Sid is missing something for the first time in more than a century.

Historic Alma Bridge has been taken down to pave the way for a £750,000 replacement some 40-metres upstream.

The new structure near Sidmouth seafront is on course to be finished later this summer.

Work to remove the old bridge, which dated back to the early 1900s, began on Wednesday.

Professional photographer Simon Horn took these pictures today (Thursday) and said: “And then it was gone! Seems very strange not to have Alma Bridge spanning the river.”

A new viewing area will be developed with an information panel will be developed in its place.

Alma Bridge is no more on the River Sid in Sidmouth. Picture: Simon Horn LRPS

Alma Bridge is no more on the River Sid in Sidmouth. Picture: Simon Horn LRPS

Picture: Simon Horn LRPS

Alma Bridge is no more on the River Sid in Sidmouth. Picture: Simon Horn LRPS

Alma Bridge is no more on the River Sid in Sidmouth. Picture: Simon Horn LRPS

Councillor Stuart Hughes said this week the original Alma Bridge had ‘started to become a bit of an eyesore’, adding: “Although it will be sad to see it removed, it does need to be done, and it will illustrate that we’re moving closer to having a replacement bridge in place.

“The schedule to develop the new bridge has unfortunately been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, but every effort will be made to complete the project this summer.”

The original Alma Bridge was designed by RW Sampson in the early 1900s.

The original Alma Bridge was designed by RW Sampson in the early 1900s.

An artist's impression of the new Sidmouth footbridge.

An artist’s impression of the new Sidmouth footbridge.

Devon County Council (DCC) says construction of the new structure has now restarted with limited numbers of staff on-site to meet government social distancing guidance.

Work had been temporarily suspended due ‘difficulties in ordering materials from supply chains’.

A concrete bridge abutment is currently being built by contractor MacPlant Construction Ltd.

Fabrication of the steel bridge and east approach ramp has also been completed off-site.

Both sections are due to be delivered ‘in the next couple of weeks’, according to DCC.

End of the road for Alma Bridge – with century-old Sidmouth structure to be taken down

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