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Key parts of new Alma Bridge lifted into place today

By The Editor

23rd Jun 2020 | Local News

Key structures for the new footbridge which is replacing Alma Bridge in Sidmouth have been lifted into place today (Tuesday, June 23).

Ramps, columns and the east abutment parapets have been moved into position by a crane stationed on The Ham.

This is ahead of the main 19-metre span being hoisted in, which is expected to installed tomorrow. The structure, weighing in at over 10 tonnes, was delivered to site yesterday, having been fabricated off-site.

The new crossing over the River Sid, located around 40 metres inland from the site of the original bridge, will connect to short sections of ramp which will match the gradients of the Hanger Path.

Last month, the historic Alma Bridge which was damaged in 2012 during severe floods, was removed.

A new viewing area will be developed at the location where the original bridge stood for more than 100 years – this will also include an information panel to commemorate the old bridge.

Additional work which will be carried out in the coming weeks includes the installation of handrails and lighting, as well as fencing, surfacing and path work.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and local County Councillor for Sidmouth, 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.

"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."

Contractor MacPlant Construction Ltd is undertaking the scheme, with staff on site adhering to the Government's latest social distancing guidance. Work is due to be completed later this summer.

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