25 October 2019

Vital rural link reopened after flood-hit bridge is replaced

Aberdeenshire Council has completed the installation of a vital rural bridge which was washed away during recent flooding.

Construction teams have taken just three weeks to complete the installation of the new bridge on the B9105 Fraserburgh to Turriff road at South Mains.

The bridge’s repair was given a high priority in light of the recent floods which left a further six bridges either damaged or washed away and communities facing detours.

It follows the earlier completion of repair works at Auchmill Bridge just off the A947 near King Edward which had been closed as a result of damage sustained in a collision.

A spell of good weather enabled the Roads Service to complete the laying of the base layers on Thursday with the final asphalt surface course being laid today (Friday).

Praising the efforts of all those involved in the works, the council’s Head of Roads Philip McKay said: “On behalf of Aberdeenshire Council I would like to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to get this bridge rebuilt and reopened to traffic within an incredibly tight schedule.

“We fully appreciate the impact the bridge and road closures have had on our rural communities, so to see the South Mains route back in action is great news for residents and businesses alike.”