28 November 2022

Unexpected ground conditions delay works on fifth King Edward bridge replacement

Unexpected ground conditions have caused a delay to the replacement of the fifth of six bridges at King Edward which were destroyed by severe flooding three years ago.

Works on the the U12S Millcroft Bridge at Plaidy have been suspended as officers prepare a new design which will take the difficult conditions into account.

Aberdeenshire Council wishes to apologise for any ongoing inconvenience and thanks local residents and road users for their patience in waiting for this new structure to be installed.

Last month’s completion of the Mill of Balmaud bridge on the U12S road near Strocherie brought the number of affected bridges replaced to four following the installation of new bridges at North Litterty, Bruntyards and Bridge of Fortrie.

Bridges manager at Aberdeenshire Council, Donald MacPherson, said: “We appreciate this unexpected issue at Millcroft bridge will be disappointing news for local residents as indeed it is for us. However we are working quickly to come up with a design solution and this should not in any way detract from the significant undertaking by our in-house teams to build these new structures at King Edward following the devastating floods several years ago.”