Published: 06/01/2014 14:53 - Updated: 06/01/2014 15:06

Bridge to close as part of ongoing flood work

A NEW footbridge in Moray, being built as part of a multi-million-pound flood alleviation scheme, will temporarily close later this month to allow construction work to be completed.

The footbridge over the River Findhorn, at Broom of Moy, will be closed for one day on January 22.

The replacement bridge – part of the £40million Forres (River Findhorn and Pilmuir) flood alleviation scheme – was opened ahead of schedule in September.

According to Moray Council, the early opening was achieved by inserting a temporary infill panel between the new and old sections of the bridge. The closure on Wednesday, January 22, will allow the temporary panel to be replaced by a permanent panel.

The original bridge, providing a shortcut for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Broom of Moy and Forres, was opened in 1948. Its replacement is more than three times the length, and spans the entire width of any likely floodwater.

Work on the flood alleviation scheme itself is due to be completed in spring 2015.

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