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Viaduct inspection to get under way

By David Porter

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A week-long inspection into the condition of the arch brickwork at Ellon Viaduct is to be carried out from Monday, July 6.

Ellon Viaduct
Ellon Viaduct

Due to the serious risk of falling masonry from the undersides of the arches of the bridge, Aberdeenshire Council was forced to close access to sections of the paths under the viaduct on both the north and south sides of the river Ythan back in May.

Throughout the course of the inspection by the council’s Structures Team, this stretch of the Formartine and Buchan Way across the viaduct will remain closed to all users during daytime working hours, but will reopen during evening hours once equipment is relocated off-site.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: "While it is acknowledged that the inspection will coincide with the start of bridge replacement works at nearby Meiklemill and will inconvenience non-motorised access across the Ythan for a short period, it is absolutely vital that the condition of the viaduct is assessed as quickly as possible.

"It must be stressed, however, that the paths under the viaduct remain closed to all until further notice on safety grounds."

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