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A9 FINDHORN BRIDGE

From : 27th October 2019

To : 31st March 2020

Posted : 12th November 2019

Major Maintenance Project Underway for A9 Findhorn Bridge

 

·         Project involves replacing bridge joints, painting girders and inspections beneath bridge deck

·         Contraflow system in place from Sunday 17 November for three weeks

 

A major project for the A9 Findhorn Bridge which carries the A9 dual carriageway across the River Findhorn is underway which will ensure the bridge continues to operate safely for years to come.   

The first phase of the project, which began last month, involves teams carrying out inspections beneath the bridge deck.  The second phase will begin on Sunday and will involve work to replace expansion joints on the structure, with the third phase taking place in the new year which will see some sections of the steel girders repainted to improve the longevity of the structure.

While the first phase has no impact on road users as the work takes place under the bridge deck, the second phase of the project will involve teams replacing the expansion joints across the full width of the bridge starting on Sunday 17 November for three weeks.  The A9 will remain open during the second phase, however a contraflow system will be in place for safety during the project.  Motorists using the route should be aware that there will be a change over for traffic from one side of the bridge to the other in the second week of the joint replacement works.

Once the joint replacements are completed, the contraflow will be removed with single lane closures in place for safety for one week to allow teams to replace the manholes in the central reserve on the bridge deck. 

In the new year, teams will begin work on the third phase which involves painting some of the steel girders with a new system which will ensure the steel is protected for years to come.   The beams will be prepared using a grit-blasting process before the new system is applied, with teams ensuring that all noisy operations will be completed before 7pm each day to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.   There will be no impact to road users during the third phase of the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of March. 

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “This bridge improvement project will allow our teams to carry out essential painting and inspections beneath the bridge deck, as well as carrying out maintenance work to the expansion joints across both sides of the A9 Findhorn bridge, ensuring the bridge continues to operate safely.

“We’ve planned the inspections and the girder painting so that there is no impact to road users as our teams will be working from scaffolding beneath the structure.  We need to have a contraflow system in place for safety when carrying out the expansion joint replacements as our teams will be working over the full width of the carriageway, however we’ll do all we can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible. 

“We would request that road users abide by all traffic or speed restrictions put in place during the work for their safety, and to use both lanes when queuing to help reduce any congestion.

“We thank road users for their patience in advance while we carry out these improvements on the A9 Findhorn Bridge. We would also encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org. 

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