Burn of Glaslaw Bridge may never reopen to motorists

The Burn of Glaslaw bridge has been closed since December
The Burn of Glaslaw bridge has been closed since December

Plans due to be considered by councillors next month may result in the Burn of Glaslaw Bridge road being closed permanently to motorists.

At a recent meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council, it was revealed that plans for the bridge would be debated by members of Aberdeenshire Council in March.

Community councillor David Fleming said: “We heard of the proposal for the first time last week but, as far as we are aware, no details have been published.

“If the cost of reinstating the culvert and embankment is high, the community needs to see the figures and all of the alternatives to satisfy themselves that closure is a wise, long-term decision.

“We also have to bear in mind that this was the site of a very large surge during both the 2009 and 2012 floods.

‘‘Has the lack of an obstructing culvert been factored into the flood resilience calculations?’’

As the bridge is currently in an unstable condition, essential work is being proposed with councillors being given two options:

Option one is to make the embankment and culvert safe and provide a footpath. This would involve removing the damaged section of the arch and additional drainage measures costing £225,000;

Option two would be reinstatement of the road at a cost of £400,000.

Both options would be for the downstream side of the embankment while the upstream side remained at risk of slippage.

The road has been closed since December and the embarkment partially collapsed following the heavy rainfall that led to the 2009 and 2012 floods around Kincardine and Mearns.

Work was carried out on the downstream side back in 2011 at a cost of £110,000.

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