From Saturday we will see if the White Bridge weight limit has a discernible effect on levels of traffic on the A96 through town if drivers followed the preferred diversion route through Nairn. Below is a Highland Council press release.
"From Saturday 30 April 2016, The Highland Council will introduce an 18 Tonne maximum gross weight restriction at White Bridge on the B9090 Loch Flemington – Clephanton – Cawdor – Nairn Road.
A preferred diversion route has been identified by the Council via the B9090, A96, A939 and B9101.
White Bridge, spanning the River Nairn, is one the oldest bridges maintained by the Council and is a ‘Category A’ Listed structure. The weight restriction is required following the recommendation contained within a structural assessment of the bridge.
The introduction of an 18 Tonne maximum gross weight restriction will minimise the number of heavy axle load vehicles crossing the bridge, regardless of whether or not they are laden. The only exemption will be for emergency service vehicles attending an emergency."