Bridge opens after repairs
Roads: Work completed just in time before recent spell of heavy rainfall
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