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New bridge opens to traffic on A83009 Dec 2016
Ranochan Bridge opens to traffic on the Road to the Isles
The newly built Ranochan Bridge has opened to traffic along the scenic A830 following six months of construction.
The bridge is the fourth structure to be rebuilt on the route in the past two years following a commitment from Transport Scotland to improve road safety.
The new bridge, approximately six miles west of Glenfinnan, was carefully constructed over six months, with stone used from the old bridge incorporated into the new design to ensure the bridge was in keeping with its scenic surroundings.
A temporary bridge was constructed as a diversion for motorists while the old bridge was demolished and replaced. This continued Transport Scotland’s policy to ensure disruption to motorists was minimised as much as possible.
The newly built structure and approaches provides a wider carriageway and verges, improved alignment and vehicle containment and its low maintenance design will help ensure the structure continues to function safely for years to come and helps future-proof this vital arterial link.
Ranochan Bridge follows on from works completed at Dearg Bridge in December 2014, and Utha and Garbh Bridges at the end of 2015. Also, works are currently ongoing at a fifth new structure at Arieniskill, three miles to the west of Ranochan Bridge, with construction expected to be completed in the New Year.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:
“This is the fourth structure to be replaced in this ambitious £10 million project to improve the A830, which is one of Scotland’s most scenic routes.
“Everything possible is being done to minimise disruption for the communities along the way and the use of temporary bridges is a demonstration of the innovative thinking of our Civil Engineers as they take forward the refurbishment of nine of these structures.
“The programme is continuing at pace and the next stage will see the opening of the new Arieniskill Bridge which we are expecting in the early New Year.”
Commenting on the opening of Ranochan Bridge, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We are pleased to open the newly built Ranochan Bridge, which marks the fourth A830 structure to be completed in our bridge replacement programme.
“As with the previous bridges, we’ve made sure to limit any impact to motorists as much as possible by erecting temporary bridges next to the construction of the new bridges to ensure access on the A830 was maintained at all times.
“We also recycled some of the stone from the old bridge into the new design to make sure it fits in with the beautiful area.
“We hope the local community will be pleased with the new bridge at Ranochan, and look forward to completing works at Arieniskill Bridge in the New Year.”
Minor works will continue for a few weeks beyond the initial opening with a lane closure in place to allow removal of the temporary bridge and associated road diversion next to the new structure.
Design is underway for the next two bridges in the programme following the completion of Ranochan and Arieniskill, with construction due to begin at Criche Bridge in 2017 and Shlatach Rail Bridge in 2018.