Council faces £200,000 bill to carry out bridge inspection

Dumfries and Galloway Council is to spend £200,000 on a principal inspection and assessment of the A755 Kirkcudbright Bridge.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:33 pm
Carrying out an inspection of Kirkcudbright Bridge will land the council with a huge bill. © Copyright Billy McCrorie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Back in November the Communities Committee were told that a quotation was being sought to carry out this work.

The same committee heard earlier this week that a “specialist consultant” via the Scotland Excel Framework has indicated the cost could total around £200,000.

Dee and Glenkens councillor Dougie Campbell denied this work was related to previous issues with the bridge such as a faulty vehicle detection system.

Councillor Campbell was told by officials during a briefing of ward members last week that the inspection was just required due to the bridge's naturally diminishing lifespan.

He said: “What was clarified during the briefing was that the inspection process of the bridge is basically following process and the need for regular inspections.

"That’s particularly relevant as Kirkcudbright Bridge is perhaps reaching the end of its lifetime in the next two or three decades.”

Given the likely costs involved it is intended this project will be subject to further review by the committee.

Councillors also heard that £5.6m of 2020/21 asset class allocations has not been spent and the bridge could be among the projects to benefit.