Yon Street Opens To Traffic

3rd June, 2015
Another key element of the South Devon Link Road is anticipated to open within a week.

Devon County Council and Torbay Council, along with Galliford Try - the contractors responsible for constructing the road – have announced that the new Yon Street Overbridge will be open to traffic on next Monday, 8th June.

Continuing dry weather will allow the final surfacing stages to proceed quickly, in which case the road may open sooner.

Once opened, traffic will be controlled by temporary lights while finishing works take place. 

Before the bridge construction could begin, a temporary diversion was built to carry local traffic and utility services, allowing the excavation of a section of the original road to commence.

The three beams for the bridge, each measuring 30m long and weighing 74 tonnes, were brought onto site via Hamelin Way and installed with a 750-tonne crane in November 2014.

Since then, the bridge has been completed, all utility services diverted back through the structure and the side retaining walls will be faced with locally-sourced Kingskerswell limestone.

Its opening will connect the top of Yon Street, near the well-known United Reform Church, with Huxnor Road and Edginswell Lane, and rejoin two sides of the village. In the final configuration the bridge will carry local traffic across the new A380 dual carriageway.

Once the bridge opens, the task of removing the temporary diversion can begin. When the removal is completed, the drainage system for the entire 5.5km length can finally be connected, an important step in the programme to complete.

Torbay Mayor, Gordon Oliver said: ‘This is an exciting stage for residents and motorists as we approach the completion date for the road. It’s encouraging to see these phases coming on line as we enter the final stages of the project.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: ‘As we approach the final stretch of the project we are increasingly seeing more key milestones being completed – this is an interesting stage and we are looking forward to the many benefits the new road will bring.’

Chris Hastings, Project Director at Galliford Try, said: ‘We are really pleased that this second road crossing in this area is complete. We would like to thank local residents and motorists for their understanding and patience during construction of this bridge. This is an important achievement ahead of the completion of the new road, later this year ’