Urgent repair work to start on Dee Bridge tomorrow

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Aberdeenshire Council will be carrying out urgent repair work to the Dee Bridge at Banchory from tomorrow.

Works will commence on Tuesday, February 23 and are expected to last for four weeks.

Dee Bridge Banchory carries the B974 road over the River Dee and is a four span masonry and concrete arch bridge built in 1798 with a total length of 80 metres. Each of the three piers which support the arches has suffered significant scour damage adjacent to their foundations and it is necessary to fill these scour holes to safeguard the structure from further flooding events. It is expected that the works will take three to four weeks, weather dependant.

During the majority of the works vehicular traffic will be controlled using temporary traffic lights, however certain elements of the works will require a full closure of the bridge to vehicles.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We aim to minimise the disruption by carrying out the majority of the works between 9.30 am and 3.00 pm each day with closure implemented as required.”

During the road closures the diversion route for vehicles will be to the east via the A957 Durris Bridge at Crathes. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained providing it is safe to do so in respect of the works underway from the top of the bridge.

Aberdeenshire Council apologises for the inconvenience caused during these essential repair works.