Mas­sive re­pair bill for bridges

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The RAC Foun­da­tion re­port says many of the sub­stan­dard bridges are sub­ject to weight re­stric­tions. Oth­ers will be un­der pro­grammes of in­creased mon­i­tor­ing or even man­aged de­cline.

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil is listed as hav­ing only one sub­stan­dard bridge which the au­thor­ity in­tends to re­turn to full ca­pac­ity in the next five years.

Steve Good­ing, di­rec­tor of the RAC Foun­da­tion, said: “While we should draw some com­fort from the good knowl­edge high­way author­i­ties have about the strength and struc­tural in­tegrity of their bridges, the fact is that many thou­sands are sub­ject to en­hanced mon­i­tor­ing, speed and weight re­stric­tions, and the cost of bring­ing them up to scratch is con­tin­u­ing to mount.

“An­cient bridges on ru­ral back roads might not be the high­est pri­or­ity for re­pair, but the risk we run is that sub­stan­dard struc­tures on some roads re­sult in heav­ier ve­hi­cles hav­ing to make lengthy de­tours.”

A spokesper­son for Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil said: “Whilst Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil recog­nise that a num­ber of bridges have been iden­ti­fied as be­ing ‘sub­stan­dard’, we can con­firm that these are ei­ther signed with a weight re­stric­tion, or are sub­ject to an en­hanced mon­i­tor­ing regime to en­sure that they are ‘safe for use’ and that there is no risk to the trav­el­ling pub­lic.

“In ad­di­tion, there is an on­go­ing long term pro­gramme of bridge works which is tar­geted to re­duce the num­ber of bridges of con­cern.”

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