Consultants to be appointed for Aboyne bridge structural assessment
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Aberdeenshire Council have confirmed that are about to formally appoint a specialist structural consultancy to undertake an assessment of Aboyne Bridge.
"We are currently concluding the procurement process and we hope to get the team on-site as soon as possible.
"As part of the process, our Bridges team has provided drawings, photographs and descriptions of its own invasive investigations so the consultants are suitably briefed and can begin their assessments quickly.
"From our own initial investigations, however, it’s clear that the bridge is in a very poor condition and that the cost of any reconstruction or replacement will be significant."
Meantime, officers and councillors will be attending a community drop-in session being hosted by Mid Deeside Community Council on Wednesday, February 21 at the Aboyne Scout Hut from 2.30pm-7pm.
The event will be an open meeting with no fixed agenda where people can drop in to get information and pass information back in respect of the impacts of the closure.
A reminder that Aboyne Bridge – which carries the B968 Bridgeview Road over the River Dee – remains under an 18-month closure.
It is still in use for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorised forms of transport only, and it is our hope that this can continue during the period of the closure.
The diversion for vehicles is via Dinnet Bridge (B9158 road).
A spokesperson for the council said: "We would once again take this opportunity to thank the communities of Birse, Aboyne and surrounding areas for their patience and understanding during the current closure."