Cost of bridge repairs revealed

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A REPORT due to go before members of the Buchan Area Committee today (Tuesday) has revealed the estimated cost of repairing local bridges including Hatton.

The previous bridge in the village was washed away by flooding just before Christmas last year.

Residents living around Hatton Farm Road were cut off from the rest of the village as vehicles were not permitted to cross.

A temporary foot path was later installed so residents could easily access the centre instead of travelling over three miles around the village.

Work is currently underway in the village to create a temporary Bailey Bridge for vehicles.

The report has revealed a replacement bridge in Hatton will be created, costing the council £150,000.

Also in the report, director of infrastructure services, Stephen Archer, outlines a number of local bridges to receive work within the next year.

He said: “The work required to be carried out in 2013/2014 for each Council Area has been identified on a prioritised needs basis taking into account maintenance condition and by assessing structural load carrying capacity.

“This ensures that the monies are used in the most cost-effective way on an Aberdeenshire wide basis.”

The most expensive project shown in the report is landslip remediation work at Mackenzie Crescent, Peterhead, which is set to cost the council £200,000.

Another bridge that will receive funding for repair is Inverugie Bridge at a cost of £5000.