Bridge works completed well ahead of schedule

Following an emergency closure and repair work following a road traffic accident, Upper Deeside’s Milton Bridge has reopened ahead of schedule.

On a popular tourist route through the Cairngorm National Park, the bridge was badly damaged in a serious road traffic collision on May 27, just weeks after refurbishment to nearby Gairnshiel Bridge had been completed.

Both bridge parapets were badly damaged and due to the narrow road width, it was not possible to carry out the works without a full closure of the A939 Gairnshiel to Bridge of Gairn road.

The bridge and the road reopened on Monday evening (June 4), several days ahead of schedule, after Aberdeenshire Council’s in-house construction team finished the job early.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of roads and landscape services, Philip McKay said: “Our construction team has done a great job getting this essential, emergency work completed so quickly – I’m sure anyone affected by the closure will be appreciative.

“We know closures on rural tourist routes such as this can cause inconvenience and disruption, but the bridge had to be repaired and unfortunately this was the only viable way to do it.

“Aberdeenshire Council’s in-house construction section has worked hard to complete these essential repairs to the bridge ahead of programme and to a high standard.”

Construction work to repair the bridge started on Thursday, May 31, and Aberdeenshire Council deployed additional resources to ensure the works were completed as quickly as possible. The expected completion date had, however, been Friday, June 7.

Aberdeenshire Council thanked motorists and pedestrians for their patience during the essential works.

The council is currently seeking to recoup the cost of the work from the responsible driver’s insurers.