Regular gurnites will remember we recently published pictures of the sad state of Logie Bridge on the A939. One of our readers informs us Highland Council are looking for contractors to repair Logie Bridge. 250k’s worth of work is available for the right bidder and according to the Public Contracts Scotland site:
“This scheme is to carry out repairs to a three span masonry arch bridge, which has Category A Listed Building status. The works comprise the taking down, reconstruction and repair of the downstream masonry parapet, requiring specialist stone masonry skills.” More here.
The Nairnshire reported this week that Cantray Bridge has to stay closed. There’s no money to help out there but moves are afoot to get a replacement for the White Bridge. The Nairnshire stated:
“The White Bridge (one of the many built by General Wade between 1725 and 1737) can currently take vehicles up to 42 tonnes but has to be controlled by traffic lights to centralise and reduce the overall load on the structure.
Highland Council are only too aware that the White Bridge is itself failing, but with budgets tight it sees its replacement as the best option for the area.”
One wonders how soon funding could be found for a new "White Bridge"? Before or after the Nairn by-pass comes into being?
The White Bridge has for some years now been part of the unofficial Nairn by-pass where folk leave the A96 by the B9090 and head for Cawdor, then Auldearn where they rejoin the main road. With the recent delays in Nairn and the forthcoming inauguration of 4 new sets of traffic lights there’s little doubt that the White Bridge will be seeing a lot more traffic this year and for many more years to come.