One-way sys­tem for bridge works

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL | NEWS -

Mo­torists have been warned to ex­pect dis­rup­tion as an Aberdeen­shire road is re­duced to one lane for the next 18 months.

The one-way sys­tem has been in­tro­duced at the B966 Fet­ter­cairn to Castle­ton Road at Abbey­ton Bridge, near For­doun, while a de­tailed as­sess­ment of the struc­ture con­tin­ues.

As of Tues­day this week, all north­bound traf­fic over the bridge – also known as the Cock­etty Bridge – is be­ing di­verted via the junc­tion with the A90 at For­doun. South­bound traf­fic will be able to con­tinue us­ing the route as nor­mal. The as­sess­ment has been or­gan­ised af­ter a rou­tine in­spec­tion of the struc­ture iden­ti­fied de­fects.

Struc­tures man­ager Don­ald MacPher­son said the arrangement would re­main in place for “up to 18 months” and added: “We will be un­der­tak­ing some com­puter mod­el­ling of the struc­ture to iden­tify what re­me­dial works might be re­quired.

“The bridge is nearly 170 years old, so re­duc­ing traf­fic to one lane will help lighten the load while this work takes place and re­duce the risk of fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.”

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