Aberdeenshire Council is conducting a major programme to inspect and repair bridges following the floods in December 2015 and the first weeks of January.
River crossings from the North Esk stretching from the south and the Cairngorms National Park, to the Ythan in Ellon and Newburgh, to the Ugie up to Peterhead are being assessed and action taken to make repairs.
Current work includes repairs to the foundations of Potarch Bridge (on theB993 over the River Dee between Banchory and Aboyne) due to significant damage to the foundations of one pier.
With current weather conditions preventing some work taking place, the bridge is closed to all traffic and pedestrians in the interests of public safety Works to repair the foundations will recommence when water levels in the Dee drop sufficiently.
A diversion route is in place via: B993 Potarch Bridge; B976 Allancreich; B976; B974 Strachan; B974 - A93 Banchory; A93; B993 Potarch Bridge and vice versa.
Discussion has taken place with partners and the Dee Fisheries Board to provide information on an alternative location for a Dee salmon season event that might be affected by Potarch Bridge having been closed.
Aboyne Bridge was closed on Monday, February 1 and will open again on Sunday, February 7at 3:00pm.
A diversion is in place during the closure via: B968 Aboyne Bridge; B976 Birsemoir; B976; B9158 Dinnet Bridge; B9158; A93 Dinnet; A93 Bridgeview Road, Aboyne; Bridgeview Road B968 Aboyne Bridge and vice versa.