Reconstruction works for Rob Roy Bridge

Work costing £530,000 to reconstruct the 19th century Rob Roy Bridge in Peterculter is to start at the end of this month (June), Aberdeen City Council announced today.(1 June 2016)

The reconstruction works which are required to safeguard the future structural stability of the bridge are due to start on site on Monday 27 June 2016 and will take 26 weeks to complete.

The original masonry arch is circa 1800 and the arch beam/column north section is circa 1920.

The works involve the demolition of the reinforced concrete section of the bridge, which will be rebuilt to modern standards. During the whole of the contract, there will be traffic lights in operation.

There will also be occasional full road closures - limited to weekends only - to allow the safe installation and removal of the aqueduct protection system and demolition plant.

Aberdeen City Council Communities, Housing and Infrastructure convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: “Rob Roy Bridge forms part of the adopted road network and has long been identified as a structure requiring significant remedial works.

“We are co-ordinating the work along with the programme of works for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route in order to keep disruption to the travelling public to a minimum, with the structure restricted to a single lane with traffic lights for most of the works.

“It was deemed to cause less disruption to have the works carried out at the same time, rather than wait until after the AWPR is finished.

“Due to the complex nature of the work and that it is a very restricted site, it will be necessary to have complete closures at times and the intention is to limit these to weekends.

“We appreciate people’s patience while the works are being carried out.”

Emergency vehicles will be able to cross under supervision when the bridge is officially closed and pedestrians will be allowed across at all times for access to, for example, the restaurant.

The signed diversion route will be via the B9077 South Deeside Road.