A mon­ster re­pair job for Nessie’s weir...

CALE­DO­NIAN CANAL

Canal Boat - - News -

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.”

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