KNOCK BRIDGE on Mull, which was closed for essential strengthening work, has reopened ahead of schedule.
The bridge on the B8035 closed in April for the works. It has now reopened to all traffic two days ahead of schedule, with vehicles able to use it from 5pm on Thursday, 15 June.
The bridge is also able to carry vehicles up to the previous 33 tonnes Maximum Gross Weight (MGW) once again. For the weeks prior to the works starting, it had been restricted to 7.5 tonnes MGW.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, Councillor Roddy McCuish, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to reopen Knock Bridge not just on schedule but a little earlier than planned.
“This work was of vital importance to improve the condition of the bridge and also remove the 7.5 tonne MGW restriction we had to place on it earlier this year.
“The strengthening works allowing the bridge to reopen and once again carry vehicles up to 33 tonnes MGW is a significant improvement that benefits local residents and businesses.
“We are aware of the inconvenience the closure has caused to the local community and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.”
The scheme was completed by the successful collaboration of Argyll and Bute Council’s Roads and Amenity Services, Albion Drilling and MacLeod scaffolding services. In particular, the Council’s bridge squad masons, whose skill and craftsmanship have received regular compliments throughout their time on the site, as well as roads operations squads and the infrastructure design team.
The scaffolding will remain in place for a further two weeks while minor pointing work is done to the outside of the bridge. During this time, the verges will also be reinstated.
Knock Bridge dates from the 18th century and is a category B listed building. Strengthening work was needed due to the condition and load-carrying capacity of the bridge deteriorating over time.