Shaldon Bridge is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians today, Wednesday 24th October.
The bridge will be closed until 9pm tonight.
There are also temporary traffic lights in operation until Thursday 25th October to allow painting and greasing work on the structure.
The bridge will be partial open as Devon County Council state that no boats are booked in and this will be sufficient to revolve the mechanism and maintain the locking legs.
The diversion is via the A381 Teignmouth Road, A380 South Devon Link Road, B3199 Riviera Way, to A379 Teignmouth Road.
There will be no public access for the duration of the closure.
The bridge is opened every one to two years to ensure it remains functional.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “An Act of Parliament is in place requiring the bridge to remain operational and be kept in working order. It has been many years since the lifting span was raised for commercial reasons.
“The closure on Wednesday could be in place until 9pm but we will do everything possible to reopen the bridge earlier and it is possible that the work will be completed in time for the evening rush hour. In that event we will update the public via social media and through our website.
“We appreciate that this closure will cause some disruption, and we have scheduled the work to take place during the half term break and after the morning rush hour to minimise this and we appreciate your patience and understanding.”
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