New crossing over River Sid hoisted into position
By Hannah Corfield
25th Jun 2020 | Local News
The new footbridge to replace the historic 100 year old Alma Bridge in Sidmouth has been lifted into place.
Ramps, columns and the east abutment parapets had been moved into position by a crane stationed on The Ham on Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning, the main 19-metre, 10 tonne span, was hoisted in.
The new crossing over the River Sid is located around 40 metres inland from the site of the original bridge and will connect to short sections of ramp which will match the gradients of the Hanger Path.
It follow the removal last month of the old historic Alma Bridge, which was damaged in 2012 during severe floods, and was no longer safe for use.
A new viewing area is to 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.
Cllr 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."
Work is due to be completed later this summer, with additional work to be carried out in the coming weeks, including the installation of handrails and lighting, as well as fencing, surfacing and path work.