Lowood Bridge short-term closure for investigatory work

Published: 6th July 2017

old bridge in the countryside surrounded by trees and fields

Investigatory work on Lowood Bridge requires a five day closure of the Grade B listed structure.

The 250-year-old bridge, which sits between Galashiels and Melrose on the B6374 road, will be closed from Monday 17 to Friday 21 July from 9am to 4pm each day.

Diversions signs will be in place, with the alternative route via the A6091, A7 through Galashiels and B6374.

The closure is needed to ensure that the first phase of repair and strengthening works on the bridge – which is due to take place in late summer/early autumn 2017 – is carried out safely.

Investment in bridge network

The overall £640,000 works to repair and strengthen Lowood Bridge are due to be completed in 2018/19.

The first phase of the Lowood Bridge works is part of a programme of bridge repairs in 2017/18 which includes Clackmae Bridge near Earlston, Bowanhill Bridge near Teviothead and Bowden Church Bridge.

Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar

“The Council has made an effort to minimise the impact of this essential closure of Lowood Bridge, by restricting it to the day-time and scheduling it to take place during school holidays when roads are quieter.

“The investment in Lowood Bridge, alongside a number of other bridges in the Borders, will ensure these vital structures can continue to be used for years to come.”

As a precautionary measure, Lowood Bridge currently has a 26 tonne weight limit imposed on it, affecting only the heaviest vehicles.

Photo

An image of Lowood Bridge is available at our Flickr page.