A390 at Gunnislake Newbridge closed for three days during working hours for maintenance

Wednesday 19th September 2018 9:05 am
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The A390 route into West Devon over the River Tamar at Gunnislake Newbridge is closed for the next three days between 9.30am and 4.30pm while maintenance work to the bridge is carried out ()

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DRIVERS using the A390 between South East Cornwall and Tavistock in West Devon are once again facing diversions during daylight hours due to roadworks at Gunnislake over the next three days.

There have already been traffic lights and bollards in place for some weeks on the hill down to Newbridge over the River Tamar while stabilisation works are carried out on a steep bank, but this time it is the bridge itself which is closed during working hours.

The road closure between 9.30am and 4.30pm today (Wednesday), tomorrow and on Friday is to allow Devon County Council to inspect the historic bridge for any future maintenance requirements, to clear vegetation growing around the stonework and to repair the mortar where necessary.

A spokesman for the authority said that the narrow width of the bridge meant closure to traffic was necessary during working hours while the inspection tasks were carried out, adding: ‘The inspection will help the county council structural work in the long term.’

Yellow warning signs about the times and days of closure have been placed at both the Cornwall and Devon ends of the bridge and the Devon County Council says local residents were notified in advance.

As with a previous road closure in the area a few weeks ago, the recommended diversion route from South East Cornwall is along the A388 through Callington and Treburley, then via the B3362 across Greystones Bridge and continue through Milton Abbot to reach Tavistock either by the direct route past the Blacksmiths Arms and Old Launceston Road or by rejoining the A390 at Gulworthy.

While other routes exist the roads are very narrow and likely to become congested.

Anyone wanting further details about the road closure can call 0300 1234 222 or email [email protected]