Repairs underway at Newbridge in Gunnislake
Posted on: 10 April 2019
Repair work is well underway on Newbridge at Gunnislake and it is hoped that it will re-open to traffic by Friday 26 April.
The historic bridge, which carries the A390 over the River Tamar on the Devon and Cornwall border, has been closed since being struck by a vehicle last week (Tuesday 2 April).
Initial assessments of the damage have been conducted and stonemasons are working from a cantilever scaffold structure to carry out repairs. Around six metres of the parapet wall of the bridge and two of the refuges have been removed and are being rebuilt.
Because the structure, which dates from 1520, is Grade 1 Listed, contractors working on behalf of Devon County Council are ensuring that repairs are carried out sensitively.
A Devon County Council spokesman said: “Our teams are working hard to re-open the road as soon as possible. There is extensive damage to the bridge but contractors are ensuring that the restoration of the stonework is in-keeping with the rest of the structure.”
A signed diversion remains in place and the bridge is open for pedestrians and cyclists.
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