Historic bridge reopens after £100,000 repairs

A £100,000 refurbishment of the historic Gairnshiel Bridge, near Ballater, has been completed more than three weeks ahead of schedule, says Aberdeenshire Council. The A939 Gairnshiel to Colnabaichen road reopened to traffic last Friday following essential works to the structure of the bridge. Repairs to the A-listed bridge, built in 1751 over the River Gairn, were carried out by Aberdeenshire Council’s in-house construction section.

The works were required to address frost damage and involved taking down and re-building masonry using a lime mortar, restoring the bridge to its former appearance.   Concrete infill has been placed below the carriageway to reduce the risk of similar frost damage to the structure in the future. Head of Roads and Landscape Services Philip McKay said: “We appreciate that closure of a rural route causes some disruption, and our staff worked extended hours and in all weathers to bring the completion date forward.

By carrying out these works now, we have been able to complete this project in advance of the summer tourist season and keep disruption to a minimum.”