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Cromdale bridge will be a boon for pedestrians

By SPP Reporter

Roadworks have started on the A9 at Drumochter
Roadworks have started on the A9 at Drumochter

A £200,000 bridge replacement on the A95 at Cromdale will see a new, wider, low-maintenance structure installed which will greatly enhance pedestrian facilities in the area.

The bridge will replace the current structure which is worn-out and in need of repair.The new structure will be 2m wide and 18m long, allowing for easier access for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs and cyclists by providing a paved footpath and removing the narrow turns at the north end of the footbridge.

New energy-efficient LED lighting will also be added which is designed to be brighter while producing less glare.

The project is expected to take up to eight weeks to complete, with teams expected to start on site from Monday, July 31.

To keep everyone safe during the bridge replacement project, the bridge will be closed to pedestrians however steps have been taken to ensure pedestrian access is maintained at all times throughout the upgrades.Instead, a temporary footway will be added to the road bridge, with temporary crossing points installed at either end of the scheme extents to allow pedestrians to safely access the footpath.As the road bridge is already single lane traffic due to the narrow width of the A95 road bridge, the impact on motorists is anticipated to be minimal.

One overnight closure of the A95 is required to install the new footbridge by a large crane which will be stationed immediately north of the road bridge.

This is currently scheduled to take place in mid-September on a Saturday night when traffic flows are reduced, and further details along with diversion plans will be issued in the coming weeks once an exact date is confirmed.

To inform the local community about the plans, BEAR Scotland are hosting a public exhibition on Monday (July 24) in Cromdale Community Hall to share information about the project.

Commenting on the bridge replacement scheme, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative said: "We’re pleased to begin the £200K footbridge replacement project in Cromdale which will see a huge difference to the current pedestrian facilities in the area.

"The new wider bridge will make it much easier to cross and we’ve designed the structure to remove the tight, narrow bends which are at currently either end of the footbridge.

"We’ve also taken steps to ensure that pedestrian access is maintained during the upgrades.

"Although the traffic management will have limited impact on motorists throughout the majority of the works, one overnight closure is required in September to allow our teams to manoeuvre the new bridge into position.We’re liaising with all relevant stakeholders to raise awareness of this and we’ll make sure to share with them the final arrangements once the details are confirmed.

"We’re also holding a public exhibition on Monday 24 July ahead of teams beginning on site should anyone want to find out more about the project, and we’d be happy to answer any questions people may have.

"We’ll continue to keep all relevant stakeholders informed of the progress of this scheme and hope the community will be pleased with the new footbridge once it is complete."

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