New Road to the Isles bridge opens
A NEW bridge on the Road to the Isles opened to traffic last week.
Work on Arieniskill Bridge on the A830 Fort William to Mallaig road took seven months and was the fifth structure to be rebuilt on the route in the past three years.
About seven miles west of Glenfinnan, the new bridge was built with stone from the old structure. A temporary bridge was built while the old bridge was replaced.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: ‘This is the fifth structure to be replaced in this ambitious £10 million project and it is good to see it is progressing well. The team will now move onto the next stage and the same techniques will help ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.’
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: ‘ In keeping with the other four new structures on the route, Arieniskill Bridge was built using stone recycled from the old bridge to help it blend in with the scenic Highland surroundings on the route. We hope the local community will be pleased with the new bridge at Arieniskill.’
Works at Arieniskill will continue for a few weeks to remove the temporary bridge.
Work is due to start at Criche Bridge later this year and Shlatach Rail Bridge in 2018.