Delays for drivers as essential repairs force 12 day bridge closure
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.