Published: Wednesday, 13th December 2017
Lowood Bridge will reopen at 2pm today (Wednesday 13 December) to cars and light vehicles only.
Emergency works to remove the parapet walls on the B-listed bridge began on Monday 4 December.
The closure was due to last until Monday 18 December but evening and weekend working has allowed the programme to be completed early.
Weight, width and pedestrian restrictions
- However, the bridge will remain closed to vehicles over 7.5 tonnes in weight or exceeding 2.5 metres in width, as well as to pedestrians, due to the restricted width now available on the structure. A speed restriction of 20mph has also been imposed for traffic crossing the bridge.
- Weight and width restriction signage is in place, with the alternative route for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes or 2.5 metres in width via the A6091, A7 through Galashiels and B6374 road. Pedestrians can continue to use the Chain Bridge at Gattonside as an alternative route.
- Buses will continue not to use Lowood Bridge for the time being, with the temporary bus arrangements put in place for the closure continuing.
Major works to begin early next year
Lowood Bridge, which carries around 5,000 vehicles per day, is expected to close for approximately 20 weeks from the end of January 2018 for a major repair and strengthening project, at an estimated cost of £640,000 as part of a larger programme of bridge repairs. The start date of these works will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Once the full repair and strengthening programme is completed next year, Lowood Bridge’s weight limit will be completely removed and all traffic will be able to use the bridge again.
Our Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar
Thank you to the local community, businesses, motorists and pedestrians for their co-operation during this emergency closure, which has been completed early.
We would ask larger vehicles as well as pedestrians not use the bridge for safety reasons.
We realise the emergency works closure has caused some disruption, as will the 20-week closure for major works next year, but this investment will ensure Lowood Bridge can be used for many years to come.”
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The Lowood Bridge works are part of a programme of bridge repairs in 2017/18 which includes Clackmae Bridge near Earlston, Bowanhill Bridge near Teviothead and Bowden Church Bridge.
Improvements to the Galafoot Bridge on the A6091 road by trunk road operator Amey will take place later in 2018, to avoid a clash with the Lowood Bridge works. However, Amey may need to carry out some short-term emergency works at the same time as the Lowood closure.