The St Cuthbert Street Bridge in Catrine is to be strengthened over the coming months, as part of a programme of almost £1m being invested in strengthening bridges and culverts in the local area during 2012/ 13.
The strengthening work on the Catrine bridge will cost £40,000, and will see the speeding-up of the strengthening work on the concrete ‘sadle’, to assist the Catrine Community Trust who are organising repairs to the weir on the River Ayr as part of the hydro scheme – which will require HGV access across the bridge.
As part of the ten year bridges investment programme, which will see £8.96m being invested in the area during the period, all East Ayrshire Council owned bridges have been fully assessed to determine their ability to carry 40-tonne vehicles. The funding will allow strengthening and upgrading work to be carried out this year at:
• St Cuthbert Street Bridge, Catrine
• Blackburn Bridge, Dunlop
• Taiglum Burn Bridge, Drongan
• Mathews Burn Culvert, Darvel
• Auchenharvie Bridge
• Rig Road, Cumnock
Councillor Bobby McDill, Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration said: “The Council has fully assessed all Council owned bridges throughout the area and the programme of works will minimise any restrictions that may require to be placed on them.
“It is essential that bridges and culverts are maintained to an appropriate standard to ensure the safety of the travelling public. A number of bridges have masonry parapets which require extensive work and this year listed building consent will be sought to allow for extensive masonry repairs of Patna Old Bridge.”