Perth bridge works finished ahead of schedule

Perthshire road users are seeing early benefits from the refurbishment of the A9 Crieff Road overbridge, which has been completed almost two weeks ahead of schedule.

Transport Minister Keith Brown has welcomed the news and thanked road users for their patience during the £600,000 project, which has seen a number of safety improvements including concrete repairs to the central pier as well as the replacement of the existing bridge deck support bearings.

Favourable weather conditions and efficient construction methods mean that all traffic restrictions have been removed from the surrounding routes twelve days earlier than planned.

Transport Minister, Keith Brown said:

“The A9 is one of Scotland’s most important strategic routes, linking The Highlands to the Central Belt, and the refurbishment of the Crieff overbridge will benefit those using this busy route as well as the near-by A85.

“It is even better news that this major project has finished ahead of schedule. All traffic restrictions have now been lifted and the local community can get back to normal business earlier than anticipated.

“I would like to thank them for their patience during the work, which will keep the bridge in good condition for years to come.”

Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s Operating Company Representative for the North East, said:

“The A9 and the A85 are both important trunk roads and these strengthening and refurbishment works will ensure the continued safe use of Crieff Road Bridge.

“The close co-operation between Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland and the contractor, John Graham Construction, has ensured that the works were completed as soon as possible.

“We would like to thank local communities, businesses and road users for their patience as the works have progressed.”

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Published 17 Feb 2014