Work nears completion on new Alma Bridge in Sidmouth – but Ham recreational area will stay shut until spring 2021

Work on a new Alma Bridge in Sidmouth is nearing completion and will open in the ‘coming weeks’.

Finishing touches such as handrail lighting, surfacing, and ‘snagging’ work to the steel structure are all that’s left to do on the 19-metre span.

However, the Ham recreational area next to the site will remain closed until spring 2021to allow time for turfing to become established.

Devon County Council (DCC) says the new bridge and viewing areas will be officially opened to the public in the ‘coming weeks’.

Work began in August last year but it was temporarily suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sidmouth representative Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for highway management, said: “This project is nearing completion now and we’re aiming to open the new bridge in the coming weeks, with an official ceremony to mark the occasion.

“The contractor has had to overcome a number of challenges in unprecedented times but we’re almost there.

“We’d like to thank local residents for their patience – we’re as keen as everyone to open this bridge – but please bear with us just a little bit longer.

“We would also like to remind all members of the public, particularly those with children, of the dangers of construction sites.

“Security fencing will remain in place until all work is complete and unauthorised access is not permitted.”

The new River Sid crossing is some 40 metres upstream from the century-old Alma Bridge which was removed in May.

Contractor MacPlant Construction Ltd is carrying out the project on behalf of DCC.

A new viewing area will be developed at the site of the old Alma Bridge and will include an information panel to commemorate the historic span.

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