New Road to the Isles bridge opens

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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