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Milestone reached as temporary bridge on A830 opens29 Aug 2017

£10M bridges replacement programme continues at Criche Bridge

 

The first milestone has been reached during the most recent bridge improvement project on the A830 with the opening of a new temporary bridge to traffic at Criche.

The £10M bridges replacement programme will see a total of seven bridges replaced along the ‘Road to the Isles’, one of Scotland’s most scenic routes.  

Criche Bridge, approximately seven miles west of Glenfinnan, is the latest bridge to be replaced. The project is progressing well with the completion of the temporary road bridge ensuring that the A830 remains open to motorists during construction.

Criche is the sixth bridge to be replaced on the A830, with the first at Dearg opened to traffic in December 2014, two at Garbh and Utha completed in 2015 and a further two at Ranochan and Arieniskill completed in 2016. Design is underway for the next bridge replacement at Shlatach, with construction due on-site next year. 

The new bridges are wider than the old structures, and the designs have incorporated stone from the old bridges to help the new structure blend in with their rural Highland surroundings.  

Construction of the new bridges has had to commence during the summer due to environmental restrictions around the sensitive watercourses, with each structure expected to take up to six months to complete.  

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We are delighted that the scheme at Criche Bridge is progressing well, and the installation of the temporary bridge is an important step that will help ensure that any disruption to motorists is kept to a minimum.

“The £10M investment in to the replacement of seven bridges plus improvements at two others on the route will help ensure that the scenic “Road to The Isles” is kept to a safe standard for years to come.

“We thank motorists for their continued patience while we carry out the bridge upgrades, and, as with the previous five bridge replacement schemes, we urge them to take care and adhere to any traffic management that is in place for their safety.”

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