Despite some poor weather over the weekend, work on preparing the cantilevers for water proofing is continuing to go well, with the south cantilever on schedule to be completed by the end of this week. Primer is being applied to the steel decks of the cantilevers today and tomorrow, ahead of the water proofing which is currently due to begin on Thursday. The specialist equipment required for laying the new surface is also due to arrive on site this week, with work on resurfacing then expected to begin towards the end of next week.
Traffic levels on the bridge last week were at an average 88% of pre pandemic levels.
While the tidal flow corridor is working well for the majority of time, with average journey times in either direction between Carkeel Roundabout and A38 St Budeaux junction 2 to 5 minutes above ‘normal” expected daily average times, incidents such as breakdowns or accidents on or around the bridge and surrounding roads have resulted in additional delays of between 25 to 30 minutes on some occasions.
Although the reduction in the number of lanes from four to three has affected flexibility in managing traffic build up, control room staff are continuing to monitor traffic levels closely and change lane priorities as quickly as possible when congestion occurs