Merlindale Bridge refurbishment nears completion with two-week closure

Merlindale Bridge closure diversion route

Published: Thursday, 22nd August 2019

A Tweeddale bridge will be closed for two weeks as a five-month refurbishment programme nears completion.

Merlindale Bridge near Drumelzier will be closed from Tuesday 3 to Tuesday 17 September to allow waterproofing of the structure to take place as part of a £335,000 restoration project which is due to be completed at the end of September.

Diversion route

The bridge sits on the B712 road, which means traffic will be diverted via the A72 and A701 during the closure. Signage will be in place to direct traffic and advise road users that local businesses remain open while Merlindale Bridge is shut.

Bus service diversion

During the closure, the 91 Peebles to Biggar bus service will also be diverted along the A72 but will still serve Broughton.

Taxi service

In addition, a demand responsive taxi service will operate for local communities along the B712, including:

  • Drumelzier
  • Stobo
  • Broughton

Contact 01721 721212 to book the service.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“We fully understand the importance of Merlindale Bridge to local communities and businesses along the B712 road, which is why we have tried to avoid closing the crossing during the five months of work.

“However, the works now required mean a closure is unavoidable. We have kept the closure to two weeks, and have put in place contingency measures to try to keep disruption to a minimum.

“We thank the local communities and businesses for their understanding and cooperation during the refurbishment of Merlindale Bridge.

“We are committed to our roads network, and as part of our budget in February we invested an extra £2.3million into roads.”

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