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SWH Civils complete Collard Bridge in North Devon

SWH Civils has completed a new structure, built to replace a Grade Two Listed bridge in North Devon which washed away in winter floods in late 2012.

Collard Bridge at Snapper, near Barnstaple, is part of Devon County Council’s latest “legacy” funded projects to replace or repair structures damaged during the storms of 2012/13.

The new £380,000 structure, which uses concrete beams supported by reinforced concrete piled abutments, has been designed to improve resilience in future flood events.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, said, “This new bridge re-connects a vital link for the local community, and it demonstrates the ongoing work by the County Council to recover from the devastation caused by flooding events in 2012/13, when our highway network and structures sustained around £18 million of damage. The good weather during the summer months helped keep river levels low which allowed the bridge replacement scheme to be completed on time and under budget. Our thanks must go to the local land owners and North Devon District Scouts for their co-operation throughout the scheme; this has played a huge role in the successful completion of the replacement structure.”

Dean Womack, Structures Manager at SWH said, “SWH Civils is delighted to have been involved in the construction of a new bridge in this historic location. The project has, at times, been challenging, but it has been rewarding to be able to reinstate a vital link for the local community.”

Devon County Council spent more than £12 million on clearing debris and carrying out repairs in the immediate aftermath of floods in 2012/13. However, it was left with a “legacy” of more than £5.5 million of outstanding work. These remaining repairs are being carried out over the next few years.

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