Press release

£1.9 million pounds of improvements continue at A38 at Dry Bridge, Rattery

A 1.9 million programme of essential maintenance work to replace a bridge over the A38 near Rattery in Devon, continues on Saturday 7 February with the installation of the new bridge.

Dry Bridge spans the A38 trunk road between Marley Head and Lower Dean junctions. The old bridge suffered from alkali silica reaction, commonly known as ‘concrete cancer’. It was demolished last year to make way for a new structure.

The steel beams and concrete slabs for the new bridge will be installed across the A38 over four nights. Project sponsor Mike Hillier said:

Works are progressing well and the structure of the new bridge will soon be in place. Following this, work will continue to finish the structure, install parapets, drainage systems, kerbing, new safety barriers and surfacing of the new carriageway.

The installation of the bridge has been planned carefully to minimise disruption to road users, the work will be carried out overnight but we would advise road users to allow extra time to complete their journeys.

Overnight road closures of the A38 will be in place from Saturday, 7 February until the morning of Wednesday, 11 February to allow the new bridge, which carries an unclassified local road over the A38, to be safely installed.

The following closures of the A38 will be in place:

  • Saturday 7 Feb 6pm until Sunday 8 Feb 10am
  • Sunday, 8 Feb 7pm until Monday 9 Feb, 6am
  • Monday 9 Feb 8pm until Tuesday 10 Feb, 6am
  • Tuesday 10 Feb 8pm until Wednesday 11 Feb, 6am

A diversion route for A38 traffic will be in place using the A384 and A385 (via Dartington). A separate diversion route for local traffic will also be in place.

All lanes of the A38 will be open to traffic during the day with reduced lane widths and a 40mph speed limit in place for the safety of road users and road workers until the works are completed in April 2015.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 30 January 2015