Stonehaven’s Glaslaw Bridge will be one of a series of bridges across Aberdeenshire to have an archway inspection next week using specialist access equipment.
The local authority’s bridge maintenance team will gain a unique perspective of the structures using an ‘underbridge unit’ to view the underside – essential work that would otherwise be very difficult or almost impossible to do.
Specialist unit to help bridges team get under the arches for series of inspections
The unit has a secure platform that will allow team members to be safely lowered over the side of the bridges so that detailed condition inspections can take place.
Over the coming week, the team will inspect six bridges across Banff, Huntly, Aboyne, Banchory and Stonehaven.
The work on Glaslaw Bridge will be undertaken next Wednesday August 14, when the bridge will be closed from 3pm – 5pm.
Infrastructure Services Committee chair Cllr Peter Argyle said: “It can be very tricky to do much more than a visual inspection of some of our bridges due to their height or location.
“This specialist unit will allow the team to get the access they need to conduct a full inspection of the structures, allowing them to determine if any maintenance or repairs are required and helping us to take early action if required.”
Committee vice-chair Cllr John Cox added: “It is important for us to regularly monitor our bridges network as many of them have been serving communities for decades or even hundreds of years.
“By proactively assessing their condition we can work to ensure they continue to serve motorists and pedestrians for years to come. The work has been planned to minimise disruption and we would thank everybody in advance for their patience.”
Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained where possible and diversion routes will be in place where applicable.
The featured photo shows the unit in operation at the Potarch Bridge, Banchory, last year.