Devon County Council have appointed a contractor to carry out works to Courtlands Boardwalk – the raised timber boardwalk on the Exe Estuary Trail between Lympstone and Exmouth.
After a routine inspection, the timber elements of the boardwalk were found to have deteriorated and rotted. Minor repairs have been ongoing for a couple of years to replace individual deck planks etc, but it is now time to carry out major works to completely replace all the timber elements with fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) elements. FRP is a durable material that will not deteriorate in the damp environment that the boardwalk is situated in.
Unfortunately due to the extensive nature of the work, there is no alternative but to close this section of the Exe Estuary Trail for the duration of the work. A diversion route will be in place as shown in the attached plan (below).
The works are scheduled to start towards the end of September (after the school summer holidays) and is expected to last for about 3 months.