Vital parts of a new footbridge in Sidmouth have been lifted into place today (Tuesday, June 23) – with the structure’s ten-tonne span set to be added next.
Ramps, columns and east abutment parapets have been moved into position by a crane stationed on the Ham.
Now the main 19-metre crossing element is expected to be hoisted into place tomorrow (Wednesday).
It was delivered to the plot yesterday, having been fabricated off-site.
The new structure over the River Sid is some 40 metres upstream from the now-removed Alma Bridge.
It will connect to short sections of ramp which will match the gradients of the Hanger Path.
Additional work to be carried out in the coming weeks includes the installation of handrails and lighting, as well as fencing, surfacing and path work.
Sidmouth representative Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “It’s marvellous to see parts of this new structure lifted into position and it’s great news for everyone in Sidmouth.
“It’s something the town has been waiting for and has needed since the original Alma Bridge was damaged [in 2012].
“Although the key structures are now in place, there’s still work to do and I’m sure everyone will be interested to see the final stages of this scheme as it nears completion.
“This new bridge will be an asset to the town and will provide an important link to the South West coastpath, which provides a significant economic benefit to Sidmouth.
“Anything that can help the recovery of the local economy has to be welcomed.”
A new viewing area will be developed at the location where the original Alma Bridge stood for more than a century. It will include an information panel to commemorate the old structure.
Contractor MacPlant Construction Ltd is undertaking the scheme, with on-site staff adhering to the Government’s latest social distancing guidance.
Work is due to be completed later this summer.
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