Barnstaple Taw Bridge
River Taw, Barnstaple, Devon, UK
Halcrow Group Ltd
date February 2005 - May 2007
era Modern |
category Bridge |
Barnstaple’s new Taw Bridge, also called the Downstream Bridge, spans the River Taw 650m north west of the historic Long Bridge and forms part of the £42m Barnstaple Western Bypass.
The bridge has five spans, three of 89m and two of 71m, giving an overall length of 409m. Two of the larger spans are across the navigation channel, where there is headway at mid span of 12m above Mean High Water Spring tide level and 83m clear waterway.
Taw Bridge is 12.5m wide in total, with a carriageway 7.3m wide. There is a 1m wide eastern verge, and on the western side a 2.7m wide footway/cycle path is set back 0.5m from the edge of the roadway.
On 13 May 2007 there was a charity event allowing pedestrians to cross the bridge for £1, and it was opened to traffic 10 days later. The official bridge opening was blessed by the Reverend Vernon Ross and celebrated with a fly-past by a helicopter from RAF Chivenor.
The Barnstaple Western Bypass scheme was designed to minimise impact on the Taw Estuary, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Commissioned by: North Devon District Council
Main contractor: Edmund Nuttall Ltd