Knock Bridge re-opens after essential works
KNOCK Bridge on Mull, which was closed for essential strengthening work, has reopened ahead of schedule.
The bridge on the B8035 closed in April for the works.
It is now open again to all traffic two days ahead of schedule, with vehicles able to use it as of 5pm last Thursday June 15
he bridge can also carry vehicles up to the previous 33 tonnes maximum gross weight (MGW) once again. For the weeks prior to the works starting, it had been restricted to 7.5 tonnes MGW.
Argyll and Bute Council’s spokesman for roads, Councillor Roddy McCuish, said: ‘I’m delighted we have been able to re- open Knock Bridge not just on schedule but a little earlier than planned.
‘This work was vital to improve the condition of the bridge and also remove the 7.5 tonne MGW restriction we had to place on it earlier this year.
‘The strengthening works allowing the bridge to re- open and once again carry vehicles up to 33 tonnes MGW is a significant improvement that benefits local residents and businesses.
‘We are aware of the inconvenience the closure has caused to the local community and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.’
The scheme was completed by the successful collaboration of Argyll and Bute Council’s Roads and Amenity Services, Albion Drilling, MacLeod Scaffolding Services and, in particular, the council’s bridge squad masons, whose skill and craftsmanship have received regular compliments throughout their time on the site, as well as roads operations squads and the infrastructure design team.
The scaffolding will remain in place for a further two weeks while pointing work is done to the outside of the bridge.
Knock Bridge dates from the 18th century and is a category B listed structure.
‘Strengthening work was needed due to the condition and load- carrying capacity of the bridge deteriorating over time.
Knock Bridge is back in use.