Historic 136-year-old Devon bridge in Modbury closed due to flood damage
Floods have caused extensive damage to an historic bridge which has been closed for engineering works.
The closure of the 136-year-old Jubilee Bridge in Modbury in the South Hams comes a little more than a month after the ancient Tarr Steps clapper bridge across Exmoor's River Barle in Somerset was swept away by swollen waters.
Now engineers have been called in to repair the bridge at Modbury, after it was found to have suffered "extensive damage" following the flooding in the run-up to Christmas and earlier this year.
There were fears that the bridge was in danger of collapsing after Devon County Council engineers were alerted to what looked like a depression in the road by a member of the public.
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The council says the bridge will now remain closed for some months while work is carried out to repair it.
Floods and swollen waters appear to have swept away some of the river bed which supports the bridge, while the weight of the traffic had added to the dip in the structure.
Meanwhile, engineers are working on another painstaking reconstruction project to restore Tarr Steps, one of the Westcountry's most iconic landmarks.
At the beginning of the year, engineering teams from Somerset County Council started work to repair the ancient clapper bridge, a well known local beauty spot and tourist attraction, after the floods damage.
A spokesman for the authority – which regards the 180ft-long bridge as part of the county highway network – said contractors had been engaged to help repair the ancient monument and that special preparations were being made to bring in heavy machinery to retrieve the bridge's massive stone slabs.