Published: 24/02/2014 06:30 - Updated: 21/02/2014 15:54

Refurbishment to historic bridge

REFURBISHMENT plans for an historic rail bridge will see traffic lights put in place this week.

Essential ground investigation works start today (Monday Feb 24) at the 150 year old Keith–Dufftown Rail Bridge.

Undertaken by BEAR Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland, the works involve specialist geotechnical contractors to carrying out the soil ground investigation. These works are necessary to allow design of the bridge refurbishment of the bridge.

The oldest part of the structure dates back to 1862 and has been extended over the years to provide the current A96 road over the railway line.

Works will take place each day between 8am and 6pm and are scheduled to last two weeks, excluding weekends.

For the safety of the work force and travelling public, temporary four-way traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day during these works allowing alternate single lane flow of traffic.

Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Unit representative said: “The bridge refurbishment is an important investment in ensuring this historic structure remains fit for purpose for years to come. We have planned and co-ordintated the site ground investigation works with the specialist contractor to minimise disruption however some delays are possible.

“We would encourage motorists to allow extra time for journeys.”

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