From : 28th October 2019

To : 13th March 2020

Posted : 30th October 2019


New £530,000 maintenance project underway for the A9 Auchinlay Rail and Allan Water Bridges near Dunblane

·         Work will prolong life of structures for years to come


A major maintenance project for two bridges on the A9 near Dunblane is underway which will help prolong the life of the structures for years to come.

The £530,000 project will involve repainting the rail bridges’ steel beams with a protective coating system which will help protect the steelwork from corrosion for over 20 years.

Intricate scaffolding will be installed around the bridges and beneath the decks, allowing safe access to the bridge components so that a new specialist paint system can be applied to the bridge structure. 

Repairs to the bridge parapets will also be carried out as well as work to improve access to the bridge for engineering teams, ensuring the structures continue to operate safely as well as creating a safer access for future bridge inspections.

Work began this week with the project expected to be completed by mid-February next year.

The A9 will remain open throughout the project, however to keep the workforce and road users safe a 50mph speed limit will be in place throughout the work. Some off-peak single lane closures will also be in place to allow for the safe delivery of materials and parapet repair works.   All traffic management will be removed over the festive period to help minimise disruption during the holidays.

This essential maintenance project follows on from improvements made to the two bridges earlier this year which involved replacement of the bridge joints on both the southbound and northbound carriageway.

Commenting on the works, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative said “This £530,000 bridge maintenance project is essential to ensure that both bridges on the A9 near Dunblane remain in a good working condition.

“The bridge has been in constant use for 30 years without the need for any major repairs, however it’s now appropriate to carry out repainting works to prevent any significant issues arising in the future. 

“We’ve planned the project to have minimum disruption to road and rail users, however the traffic management arrangements in place are to ensure the safety of the workforce and road users as well as the railway below. Although some minor delays are anticipated our teams will do all they can to carry out the project as quickly and safely as possible. We advise road users to abide by all traffic or speed restrictions put in place during the work for their safety.

“We thank road users for their patience during these essential works and encourage them to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website before they travel and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

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