Repairs to Aberdeenshire bridges following floods

Aberdeenshire Council is inspecting bridges affected by flooding in recent weeks. Andy Thompson Photography/ATIMAGES

Aberdeenshire Council is inspecting bridges affected by flooding in recent weeks. Andy Thompson Photography/ATIMAGES

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Aberdeenshire Council is carrying out a major programme to inspect and repair bridges following the floods in December and the first weeks of January.

River crossings from the North Esk stretching from the south and the Cairngorms National Park, to the Ythan in Ellon and Newburgh, to the Ugie up to Peterhead are being assessed and action taken.

Current work includes repairs to the foundations of Potarch Bridge (on the B993 over the River Dee between Banchory and Aboyne) due to significant damage to the foundations of one pier.

With current weather conditions preventing some work taking place, the bridge is closed to all traffic and pedestrians.

Works to repair the foundations will start when water levels in the Dee drop sufficiently.

A diversion route is in place via: B993 Potarch Bridge; B976 Allancreich; B976; B974 Strachan; B974 - A93 Banchory; A93; B993 Potarch Bridge and vice versa.

Discussion has taken place with partners and the Dee Fisheries Board to provide information on an alternative location for a Dee salmon season event that might be affected by Potarch Bridge being closed.

Councillor David Aitchison, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, said work has been carried out in areas affected by flooding.

He said: “The authority has undertaken a great deal of work to inspect, repair and provide solutions to routes and roads across across Aberdeenshire that have been affected by recent flooding to help communities get from a to b.

“Some of our bridges are hundreds of years old and in rural locations and therefore their inspection and repair will be taken forward with consideration of heritage, as well as working to reduce the impact to communities.”

Councillor Stephen Smith, vice chairman, said: “The council asks for patience whilst bridge assessments and repairs are being undertaken and the best source of information on road closures is the website at www. online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apps/roadclosures.”

Aboyne Bridge closure

Aboyne Bridge will be closed from Monday, February 1 to Sunday, February 7 between the hours of 9am and 3pm. A diversion is in place during the closure via: B968 Aboyne Bridge; B976 Birsemoir; B976; B9158 Dinnet Bridge;

B9158; A93 Dinnet; A93 Bridgeview Road, Aboyne; Bridgeview Road B968 Aboyne Bridge and vice versa.