Park Bridge closed due to ‘scouring’

Aberdeenshire Council closed Park Bridge yesterday due to safety concerns
Aberdeenshire Council closed Park Bridge yesterday due to safety concerns

The historic Park Bridge that crosses the Dee near Drumoak has been closed following safety concerns due to flood damage.

The bridge, on the unclassified C35K road, was closed yesterday after divers assessing flood damage found extensive ‘scouring’, which digs up the ground beneath the structure and affects the foundations.

For the meantime, the nearest River Dee crossings are to the west via the A957 over the Durris Bridge at Crathes, or to the east over the B979 Maryculter Bridge at Milltimber.

The A-listed two-span cast iron bridge was built in 1854 by James Abernethy, spanning 86metres across the river.

The emergency closure has been put in place as part of ongoing survey and investigation work of bridges across Aberdeenshire during Storm Frank.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Roads and Landscape Services, Philip McKay, said: “It’s important that the bridge is closed to allow us to conduct a more detailed inspection of the foundations, so that we can ensure the structure’s safety by carrying out any repairs that are required.

“This is part of a wider programme of inspections we are undertaking to ensure that all of our structures are safe following the severe weather.”