Knock Bridge re-opens af­ter es­sen­tial works

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

Im­prove­ment

‘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.

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