Bridge opens af­ter re­pairs

Roads: Work com­pleted just in time be­fore re­cent spell of heavy rain­fall

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY JAMIE ROSS

An at-risk bridge has re­opened to the pub­lic af­ter it was closed for emer­gency re­pairs last month.

Lin­head Bridge, on the B9121 Tur­riff to Al­vah road, has been given a clean bill of health by Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil just weeks af­ter it was deemed too dan­ger­ous for ve­hi­cles to use.

The bridge was closed from Au­gust 26, due to struc­tural dam­age caused by heavy rain across the re­gion.

Last night, a spokes­woman said: “The work had to be done im­me­di­ately to se­cure the bridge’s fu­ture.

“The foun­da­tions of the old ma­sonry arch were un­der­mined by wa­ter to the ex­tent that the bridge was no longer safe for traf­fic.

“Our struc­tures sec­tion pri­ori­tised the work and pulled teams off other jobs to be able to fin­ish it early and re­open the road. It was due to re­open next week. It seems the work was done just in time be­fore yes­ter­day’s heavy rain­fall, which would have caused even more dam­age to the struc­ture had re­pairs not been com­plete.”

The bridge re­opened to ve­hi­cles just days be­fore an­other bout of heavy rain­fall in the north-east which led to the death of a 23-year-old man from Banff.

Michael Atkin­son had been cross­ing the nor­mally shal­low Burn of Boyne in a 4x4 near Til­ly­naught on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

His ve­hi­cle, how­ever, was swept away by the pow­er­ful cur­rent.

It is un­der­stood he had been vis­it­ing fam­ily mem­bers in the area at the time of his death.

Rel­a­tives have de­clined to com­ment.

Dozens of mes­sages in trib­ute of Mr Atkin­son have since poured in on so­cial me­dia.

SAFETY IS­SUE: Dam­age to the ma­sonry of the bridge had been caused by heavy rain across the re­gion

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