Kirkcudbright Bridge closure postponed

Kirkcudbright bridge by Richard Webb
Kirkcudbright bridge by Richard Webb

Controversial roadworks scheduled for Kirkcudbright Bridge which would have left motorists facing a detour of several miles have been postponed.

Instead, tarffic lights will be established which will allow the flow of vehicles but which will still cause delays.

The closure of the A755 at the bridge for 11 days was scheduled for during the Easter holidays, outraging local business owners and caravan park managers who hoped to cash in on the tourist season. The detour would have seen drivers forced through Twynholm or by Ringford.

The full works will now be carried out in September.

A council spokesman said: “Repairs to the concrete on the bridge will start after Easter 2014. This work is expected to last for 14 weeks, although the full extent of the repairs needed won’t be clear until the work progresses. The work will require scaffolding and temporary traffic lights but access for vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained. Unfortunately, there will be some unavoidable delays. To ensure the safety of bridge users and those working on the bridge, we ask that members of the public show patience.”