De­lays for driv­ers as es­sen­tial re­pairs force 12 day bridge clo­sure

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad - By Lee Mccann

MO­TORISTS face a 20-mile de­tour from next week while a bridge is closed for 12 days.

The Bridge of Bogin­caber be­tween Stone­haven and Auchen­blae will shut on Mon­day to al­low es­sen­tial re­pairs. An Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil spokesman said: “We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused while these es­sen­tial works take place.”

He added that the bridge will open tem­po­rar­ily that weekend, from next Fri­day.

Cllr Leigh Wilson, pic­tured, who rep­re­sents the Mearns ward, said he had been given as­sur­ances that the works would not over­run.

He said: “It is re­gret­table that lo­cal mo­torists be­tween

Stone­haven and Auchen­blae will have an added jour­ney time as these re­pairs are car­ried out.

“I have sought as­sur­ances from the in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices depart­ment that the bridge will be re­open­ing within 12 days, and the coun­cil will pro­vide all the as­sis­tance pos­si­ble to re­alise this.

“It is, of course, deeply in­con­ve­nient for mo­torists when roads and bridges are closed but public safety is al­ways of para­mount im­por­tance.” Di­ver­sions are to be in place via Fet­ter­esso Ceme­tery, Broomhill Road, Kirk­ton Road, Auchen­blae Road and Candy near Drum­lithie.

Cllr Ge­orge Carr, who also rep­re­sents the Mearns area, wel­comed the work go­ing ahead to re­pair the bridge.

He said: “We have had a num­ber of road clo­sures re­cently that have had long de­tours and di­ver­sions.

“The roads team needs to put these di­ver­sions in place for heav­ier ve­hi­cles to pro­tect those roads. “It is a real in­con­ve­nience for the public but it is also good to see the in­vest­ment to get the work done,” he said. “We re­ally need to save our bridges, and do­ing the es­sen­tial work now will save any is­sues and po­ten­tially more ex­pen­sive work hav­ing to be done at a later date.

“I be­lieve it is legacy work from the flood­ing that hap­pened a cou­ple of years back and the coun­cil is now mak­ing sure that ev­ery­thing is sorted.

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