A monster repair job for Nessie’s weir...
THIS STRIKING aerial photograph depicts the huge Ness Weir, which stands at the mouth of Loch Dochfour, dividing the waters of the Caledonian Canal and River Ness, and is currently undergoing major refurbishment.
Built by Thomas Telford as part of the construction of the canal, the weir raised the water level of the combined 25-mile length of Loch Douchfour and Loch Ness by 4ft, thereby providing navigable depth between the canal’s Dochgarroch Lock and Loch Ness and holding back a total of around 100 million tons of water.
The £2m project aims to extend the structure’s life for another 100 years by reinforcing it with 500 metres of steel piling.
Meanwhile, in response to press reports that more rainwater resulting from climate change was behind the need for major engineering works such as this, and that SC had had to reprogramme its scheduled maintenance work as a result, a spokesperson told Canal Boat: “While climate change is having an impact on the maintenance required to Scotland’s canals, the fact remains that our inland waterways contain 250-year-old infrastructure that needs considerable investment and sympathetic care in order to safeguard it for future generations to enjoy.
“Like any organisation caring for engineering and heritage assets, we prioritise our maintenance based on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of canalside communities, our users, and our staff.”