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Bridges & Structures

There are over 3,000 bridges, 8,000 culverts and 15,000 other structures in Devon alone, forming part of the county’s road, cycle and pedestrian networks. Our highly experienced and dedicated Bridges and Structures teams work closely with Devon County Council to repair, maintain and improve these structures.

The geographical features that make the south west so beautiful also leads to roads being built along the sides of hills. To prevent these roads subsiding, we carry out ground stabilisation works including constructing and maintaining retaining walls of various types and installing rock anchors and soil nails. Where bridges cross rivers and streams, we strengthen structures and carry out anti-scour schemes in river beds.

SWH Civils also has the capability to provide a rapid response at times of emergency such as flood events.

Examples of some of the work we have completed include:

  • Tawbridge, near North Tawton - These works consisted of refurbishment to a five-span masonry arch bridge in a rural location, spanning the River Taw.
  • Waterstave Bridge, Bradninch - These works involved the demolition and removal of a severely flood damaged bridge that was swept away following heavy rainfall and replacement with a new bridge designed to last another 120 years 
  • Yalton Lane – These works involved the stabilisation of eroded areas of bank which supported the highway five to six metres above the foreshore of the Salcombe estuary. 
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Dean Womack

Structures Manager
SWH Civils

Dean joined SWH in 2002 and works as Structures Manager for SWH Civils. He is responsible for the planning, resourcing and programming of structures and bridge works for our clients.

Meet Dean