Aberdeenshire Council forced to close Oatyhill road bridge on safety grounds

Aberdeenshire Council has been forced to close the Oatyhill railway bridge with immediate effect after a detailed structural assessment revealed serious concerns over the integrity and strength of the structure.
 
The 170-year-old bridge over the main Aberdeen to Edinburgh rail line carries the U91K local access road linking several properties at Oatyhill to Laurencekirk. 
 
Announcing the decision today (Mon, 27 July, 2020), the council said that whilst we are able to keep the bridge open to pedestrians and cyclists, it will unfortunately remain closed to motorised vehicles for the foreseeable future.

Further work will be undertaken to explore viable options for the future of this structure.
  
The diversion route for all vehicles will be via the adjacent junction with the A90 at Oatyhill then A90 north to the A90 Laurencekirk junction and vice versa for southbound movements.