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A95 CROMDALE

From : 18th September 2017

To : 6th November 2017

Posted : 14th September 2017

IMPROVEMENTS SET TO BEGIN ON NEW £200K FOOTBRIDGE ON A95 IN CROMDALE

Work to begin on Monday 18 September

 

A new £200,000 project to install a pedestrian footbridge over Cromdale burn next to the A95 is set to get underway from Monday next week.

The project will involve replacing the current footbridge with a new, wider, low-maintenance structure which will greatly enhance pedestrian facilities in the area.  

The new timber and steel bridge will replace the current structure which is worn-out and in need of repair.  The new, wider structure will allow for easier access by wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs and cyclists.

The scheme is set to begin on Monday 18 September for approximately six weeks.  To keep everyone safe during the site works, the footbridge will be closed to pedestrians however steps have been taken to ensure pedestrian access is maintained at all times throughout the upgrades. A temporary footway will be installed on the road bridge, with crossing points at either end of the scheme extents to allow pedestrians to safely access the footway.  As the road bridge is already single lane traffic due to the narrow width of the A95 road bridge, the impact on motorists is anticipated to be minimal.

One overnight closure of the A95 will be required to facilitate the installation of the new bridge, which will involve using a large crane to lower the new structure in position.  The crane will sit on the A95 to allow this to take place, and the overnight closure will be required for safety.   The closure is likely to take place in late October on a Saturday night when traffic flows are reduced, and further details along with diversion plans will be issued in advance to inform all relevant stakeholders.  

A community public exhibition was held last month in Cromdale Village Hall to invite members of the community along to view the plans for the new footbridge.  

Commenting on the new bridge project, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East representative said: “We’re pleased to get started on the ground with the new £200K pedestrian footbridge project which will make a huge difference to the current pedestrian facilities in the area.  

“Our teams have designed the scheme so impact on the A95 trunk road is minimal throughout the installation, although one lane will be narrowed to allow for a temporary pedestrian footpath on the bridge.  An overnight closure will be required towards the end of the project although we’ll be issuing further information when a date has been determined.

“Initial feedback about the project from the community has been positive, and we hope they will be pleased with the new bridge once it is complete later this year.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.

 

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