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Damaged Gunnislake bridge to re-open early

Damaged Gunnislake bridge to re-open early

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 9:58am 17th April 2019. (Updated at 11:31am 17th April 2019)

Photo: Devon County Council

A bridge between Cornwall and Devon that was left severely damaged after a crash will re-open on Good Friday.

Pirate FM told you how a car hit the structure on the A390 at Gunnislake earlier in April.

A 32-mile diversion was put in place via the Tamar Bridge for drivers.

Bosses hoped that the repairs would be completed by Friday 26th April but now they have revealed they are a week ahead of schedule.

The bridge is due to re-open by lunchtime on Friday the 19th.

The historic bridge, which carries the A390 over the River Tamar on the Devon and Cornwall border, has been closed since being struck by a vehicle earlier this month.

Because the structure, which dates from 1520, is Grade 1 Listed, contractors working on behalf of Devon County Council have had to ensure that repairs were carried out sensitively.

Members of the public who have parked cars on either side of the bridge are requested to move them by Thursday 18th April to avoid congestion when the road reopens.

"Our teams have worked hard to complete the work and enable the road to open as soon as possible.

"While we wait for the lime mortar to achieve full strength, we are taking the opportunity to carry out as much maintenance work as possible, including pointing to the traffic face of the parapets and removing a large tree from the river below which has been snagged against the bridge for some time."

Devon County Council spokesperson

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