The £1.5 million bridge improvement project on the A9 at Cromarty Bridge is making good progress with works beyond half way point.
The project began in August to carry out concrete repairs to the bridge deck and supports as well as the installation of protection measures to prevent future deterioration. The bridge deck will then be waterproofed and resurfaced to ensure a smooth and safe journey for bridge users.
Traffic management has been in place on the bridge for safety since construction began, however to minimise disruption over the festive period BEAR Scotland will remove all temporary traffic management and reopen the bridge to both lanes from Friday this week.
Work will resume on Monday 8 January, with the temporary traffic lights being reinstated for safety until the project is completed.
During this festive break there will be a reduced abnormal load capacity whereby abnormal loads heavier than 100 tonnes or 16.5T axle loads will not be allowed to cross the structure. These restrictions will be lifted once teams and the traffic management are back on site in the New Year.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Good progress has been made in the £1.5M project to repair four of the spans on Cromarty Bridge, and we’re pleased that we’re on programme to complete the project by spring next year.
“Our teams have been working hard to prepare the bridge deck so that the traffic management can be lifted over the festive period to limit disruption to the travelling public.
“Unfortunately this temporary arrangement means that abnormal loads over 100 tonnes will have to find alternative routes until the bridge can be fully strengthened, however we’ve been liaising with transport organisations to share this message.
“We’ll be back from Monday 8 January with the traffic management arrangements restored for safety so teams can complete the remaining phases of work.
“We will continue to do all we can to minimise disruption as much as possible during the remaining phases of this project, and we will continue to update all relevant stakeholders as required.”
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