Maddacombe Road Opens To Traffic

27th April, 2015
Devon County Council and Torbay Council, along with Galliford Try - the contractors responsible for constructing the road - have announced that a key structure of the South Devon Link Road is now open to traffic.

The new bridge at Maddacombe Road was opened on 26th April and will carry local traffic across the A380 where the new A380 dual carriageway passes through Kingskerswell.

Crowds gathered in August last year to watch one of the largest cranes in the UK lift three 94 tonne concrete beams into place for the bridge.  Since that time the structure and its surrounding area have been carefully built to incorporate drainage and utility services, which at times meant temporary closures of Maddacombe Road to allow works to progress.

Although structural work on the bridge is now complete, work is set to continue on and around the Maddacombe Bridge area throughout the duration of the project. This work will involve removing the final section of the existing road adjacent to and below the bridge. 

To facilitate the next stages of the construction temporary lights or traffic priority systems will be in place and a temporary 20mph speed limit will be enforced between the Foredown Kennels and Foredown Lane to ensure the safety of road users and employees.

Robert Richards, Chief Engineer (Highways) at Devon County Council said: “It’s fantastic that this bridge is now open to traffic - it’s an exciting step forward for the project. Watching the beams being lifted into place last year was a real highlight and attracted many spectators, so we know many people will be interested to see the new structure in use.”

Patrick Carney, Group Service Manager - Streetscene and Place at Torbay Council said: “Throughout this complex project we’ve tried to minimise disruption as much as we can - however, some level of disruption is inevitable, particularly when creating new large-scale structures. We’d therefore like to thank the public for their continued patience.”

Chris Hastings, Project Director at Galliford Try, said: “We are really pleased that the bridge is complete and open to traffic. We revised the opening date for this structure to accommodate work in other sections of the project and allow for impacts from poor weather. In a project of this size, amending the programme is quite normal, allowing work to continue elsewhere, while still keeping the overall programme on schedule.”