Drove Bridge (Bridgwater)

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Drove Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Wylds Road
To:  Chilton Trinity
Location
Bridgwater
County
Somerset
Highway Authority
Somerset
Opening Date
1995
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Girder Bridge
On road(s)
A39
Crossings related to the A39
Blake Bridge • Camelford Bridge • Old Bridge (Wadebridge) • Pomparles Bridge • Torridge Bridge • Town Bridge (Bridgwater) • Wadebridge Bypass Viaduct
The Drove Bridge over the Parrett

In the 1990s a new crossing of the Parrett was deemed necessary to alleviate congestion and aid development to the north of the town. The result was the Northern Distributor Road, which connected to the pre-existing The Drove and so to Bristol Road, the A38. The new bridge seems to have gained the name of Drove Bridge, presumably from the street name The Drove. It is now the lowest crossing point of the Parrett and in 2011 the OS adjusted their mapping to show the A39 now following the Northern Dirstributor around the north of Bridgwater, along with the old section along Wembdon Road and Broadway.

The bridge itself is a single span girder bridge, with very deep girders spanning between brick abutments. The girders are painted a dark green and carry a concrete deck with metal parapets. The roadway is a standard S2 with pavements, which only widens for the junctions on either side of the river at some distance from the bridge.

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Drove Bridge (Bridgwater)
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Crossings of the River Parrett & Tone
River ParrettSouth Perrott Bridge • Grey Abbey Bridge • Easthams Bridge • Haselbury Bridge • Byme Bridge • Petherton Bridge • Great Bow Bridge • Burrowbridge • Dunwear Bridge • Blake Bridge • Town Bridge (Bridgwater) • Chandos Bridge • Drove Bridge (Bridgwater)
Kings Sedgemoor Drain and River CaryDunball Bridge • Crandon Bridge • Greylake Bridge • Cary Bridge
River ToneBeverton Pond Bridge • Waterrow Bridge • Tone Bridge • Tytherleigh Bridge • Tone Bridge (Taunton) • Priory Bridge (Taunton) • Obridge Viaduct • Bathpool Bridge • M5 (Taunton) Viaduct • New Bridge (Curry Moor) • Athelney Bridge • Stanmoor Bridge