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Bridges

Report a problem with a bridge and find out what the council is responsible for.

We wish to announce additional resurfacing as part of our highway maintenance. We will carry this out at:

    • Goodrington Road, Paignton - from 22 January 2024, for a period of 12 weeks.
    • Underidge Drive Paignton - 26 and 27 February 2024.
    • Colley End Road Paignton - from 28 February to 1 March 2024.
    • Cockington Lane Torquay - 4 and 5 March 2024.

This essential highway maintenance work is being done through the Department of Transport. It utilises extra funding of £230,000 provided by Government for this work.

This has enabled us to carry out an extra 4265 m2 of much needed highway maintenance. We will enforce a section 58 notice under the Streetworks Act. This is to make sure the roads are not dug up by utilities for a specific amount of time. We will carry out essential highway maintenance to roads needing urgent repairs.

Materials delivered to site contain recycled materials reducing raw material use. We source them from a local quarry to:

    • reduce the carbon footprint/less lorry trips
    • assist in employing local labour

Download the total amount of investment in local highway networks for the previous 5 years and planned investment for 2024/25, split between DfT and local funding.

We own and are responsible for around 40 bridges and as the owner we are the Bridge Authority. There are also other bridge owners/authorities, the largest of these being Highways England Opens in a new window (trunk roads and motorway) and Network Rail Opens in a new window (railways and disused railways).  

Please bear in mind, some structures have width and or weight restrictions. It is vital that these warnings are respected, failure to adhere to these can lead to damage.

Maintenance and inspection

  • We inspect our bridges approximately every two years.
  • We investigate damage through vehicle collision, storms or other causes as soon as possible.
  • All bridges are assessed to see if they can safely cope with the maximum permitted weight of lorries at 44 tonnes.
  • Public safety is maintained on weak bridges through temporary weight restrictions or other measures.
  • We prioritise principal road bridges when we carry out bridge strengthening work.
  • We may decide to permanently restrict the weight limit on substandard bridges on non-principal roads rather than strengthen them.
  • We consider each bridge on its merits before deciding what we will do, taking into account safety, economic and environmental factors.

Damaged Bridges

What appears to be minor damage to structures can have serious implications for the stability of the structure and should be investigated. If you are aware of any damage please tell us.

  Tell us about bridge damage or problems


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