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Repairs completed on damaged bridge

By David Porter

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A vital rural bridge which was damaged in a recent road traffic accident has reopened a week ahead of schedule.

Auchmill Bridge, just off the A947 near Plaidy, had been closed as a result of damage sustained in a collision.

Its repair was given high priority in light of the recent floods which left a further six bridges either damaged or washed away and several communities facing detours.

Aberdeenshire Council foreman stonemason Ian Patterson and his team have worked tirelessly to get the repairs completed as quickly as possible and are now a week ahead of schedule.

Although the one-way system has now been removed, scaffolding will be removed on Saturday so drivers should exercise due care when driving on this stretch of road.

Meanwhile, HGVs should still exit via MP39 to U4S.

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