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New Bridge Complete on A83025 Apr 2018

New Bridge Complete on A830

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New Bridge Complete on A83025 Apr 2018

Criche Bridge fully opened to traffic on the Road to the Isles 

 

The newly built Criche Bridge has opened to traffic along the scenic A830 following ten months of construction.  

The bridge is the sixth structure to be  replaced on the route in the past four years following a commitment from Transport Scotland to improve road safety.  

The new bridge, located approximately eight miles west of Glenfinnan, was constructed using stone from the old bridge incorporated into the new design to ensure the bridge was in keeping with its scenic surroundings. 

A disused masonry arch bridge, adjacent to the carriageway, was demolished as part of the works to allow for the wider new structure. The stone from the old bridge was also used to construct a new bat habitat for the bats displaced from the demolition, helping to ensure the project had minimal impact on the environment and surrounding wildlife.  

The newly built structure and approaches provides a wider carriageway and verges, improved alignment and stronger parapets. Its low maintenance design will help ensure the structure continues to function safely for years to come and help future-proof this vital arterial link.  

Criche Bridge follows on from works completed at Dearg Bridge in December 2014, Utha and Garbh Bridges at the end of 2015 and also Arieniskill and Ranochan Bridges in early 2017.

Commenting on the opening of Criche Bridge, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We are pleased to fully open the newly built Criche Bridge, which marks the sixth 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 constructing a temporary bridge 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 surrounding area.

“We hope the local community will be pleased with the new bridge at Criche, and we thank them for their patience over the last ten months.”

Design is underway for the next bridge in the programme following the completion of Criche, with construction programmed to begin at Shlatach Rail Bridge in Glenfinnan towards the end of 2018.

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£1M Morar River Bridge Maintenance Project Complete20 Apr 2018

£1M MORAR RIVER BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROJECT COMPLETE

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£1M Morar River Bridge Maintenance Project Complete20 Apr 2018

 

Bridge painting project on A830 finished this week after six months of construction

 

A major bridge maintenance project worth over £1M on the A830 Morar River Bridge was finished this week.

Essential maintenance works had been taking place since November on the bridge that carries the A830 over the Morar River, and the project is now complete. 

The works involved removing the bridge’s existing paint system, which was in poor condition, and applying a new specialist protective paint system to all the elements of the bridge’s structural steel frame, helping to prevent rust and deterioration to the bridge.  

Teams had been working from scaffolding suspended beneath the bridge deck throughout the project.  The final phase of work involved dismantling these temporary structures that have provided safe access throughout the project, with the last of the scaffolding removed this week.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re pleased that teams have completed the bridge maintenance project worth over £1M which began at the end of last year.

“The maintenance means that Morar River Bridge will be protected against the elements, meaning it’ll function safely for years to come.

“Teams have worked to remove the complex scaffolding which had been in use during the project, with the final section removed this week.

“We thank road users and local residents for their patience while we’ve worked to carry out this project on Morar River Bridge.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland. 

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Gangsta Granny Gritter set to hit the roads in Inverness29 Mar 2018

Gangsta Granny Gritter set to hit the roads in Inverness

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Gangsta Granny Gritter set to hit the roads in Inverness29 Mar 2018

 

- ‘Local hero’ Kyle Mackay, eight, inspired by Walliams’ book character in choice of name for BEAR Scotland gritter

 

- Kyle visits BEAR Scotland Inverness depot to see his newly-named gritter up close

 

Kyle Mackay, the eight-year-old who was praised recently by Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf for helping clear pavements of snow and ice in his home village of Kiltarlity, has unveiled a new name for one of BEAR Scotland’s winter vehicles on a visit to its Inverness depot today [Thursday 29 March].

Gangsta Granny Gritter was named by Kyle after a character from his favourite book, written by David Walliams. 

The gritter is one of BEAR Scotland’s 32-tonne, eight-wheeler vehicles – one of the largest in the UK. Kyle and members of the public will be able to track Gangsta Granny Gritter’s whereabouts via Traffic Scotland’s online Gritter Tracker as it helps clear trunk roads across Inverness and the North West of Scotland for years to come.

Kevin Campbell, BEAR Scotland Winter Manager for the North West of Scotland said: “We have been extremely impressed by Kyle’s initiative and determination to keep his home village safe during the recent bad weather. His community spirit is to his and his family’s credit. We were thrilled to offer him the opportunity to visit our depot and name one of our gritters.” 

Kyle’s mother, Allana Mackay, added: “Kyle was over the moon to have the chance to name one of BEAR Scotland’s winter gritters after his favourite character. We’re grateful to BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland for the opportunity to do so and I know Kyle can’t wait to see it out on the road!”

BEAR Scotland is responsible for managing and maintaining the trunk roads in the north of Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland. Other named gritters in BEAR’s winter fleet include ‘Mr. Plow’, ‘Gritallica’ and ‘Ready, Spready, Go!’.

 

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