The new £1.8m bridge at Allt Chonoglais, which crosses the River Kinglass just south of Bridge of Orchy, is now open to traffic.
Part of a £24 million bridge improvement programme for the A82, Allt Chonoglais was completed ahead of schedule and has been built to meet modern standards and help future-proof the A82 trunk road through the north west of Scotland.
This morning, 4th September, Transport Minister, Keith Brown, witnessed the final stages of the project with the removal of the temporary bridge using a 750 tonne crane.
Mr Brown says: ‘I’m delighted that this fourth bridge in the Scottish Government’s £24 million programme to upgrade road bridges along the A82 is now in place.
‘Allt Chonoglais is a remarkable structure and its design has allowed features from the original 1932 bridge, including locally sourced granite, to have been retained on the new 40m span bridge. The design has also ensured we have met the demands of modern day traffic on the A82 without the need to make changes that would impact on the habitat of the riverbank below, including retaining the original bridge supports.
‘The final stage of the scheme, which has been delivered on budget and ahead of schedule, underlines the significant engineering challenge faced during the bridge build, with a 750 tonne crane used to lift the temporary bridge away in sections.’
Congratulations are here due to Transport Scotland for project management, bringing in this bridge work on budget and ahead of time.
The bridge repair programme assures the continuing serviceability of this key arterial road from Glasgow, through Argyll and on to Inverness in the north east well into the future.
The photographs above are by Peter Devlin, © Transport Scotland.