Motorists are being reminded that an historic Deeside Bridge will close next week for several months over the winter to allow work to strengthen and improve it.
The Balmoral Bridge, close to the Queen’s Deeside holiday home, will close on Wednesday, October 8 and is scheduled to reopen at the start of February.
The work is essential to its long-term future and will be carried out by contractors Diack and Macaulay Ltd at a cost of around £365,000.
The integrity of the bridge will be secured by replacing its deck, exchanging aged timber for reinforced concrete, without altering the historic elements of the bridge.
The current deck has been in place and subject to the elements for 35 years and its replacement should last far longer. The bridge will also be repainted to protect it.
The next available vehicular crossing over the Dee is at Ballater, meaning a total diversion of around 14 miles for those living on and around the Balmoral Estate.
The pedestrian suspension bridge slightly downriver of the Balmoral Bridge, itself a grade A-listed structure dating from 1834, will remain open for local walkers.
Vehicles heading to and from the A93 across the River Dee at Balmoral will be diverted via Ballater Bridge in Ballater and along the B976 South Deeside Road.
Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Balmoral Bridge was constructed in 1857 for Prince Albert and is a category-A listed structure.