Heavy vehicle ban over West Linton bridge damaged in downpours

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Heavy vehicles have been banned from crossing a bridge on a key route across borders after it was damaged in heavy downpours.

The Westwater Bridge on the A702 south of West Linton was closed for a period on January 4 for security checks.

It has been restricted to a single lane and controlled by temporary traffic lights ever since.

BEAR Scotland has now closed the bridge to vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes until further notice.

He said the move would not affect public transport.

A three-mile diversion has been put in place which is estimated to add less than 10 minutes to travel times.

Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s South East representative, said safety was his first priority and the “extra precaution” came after examining the foundations of the bridge.

Work has been carried out to divert the river from the damaged area and additional protection is being put in place.

“Daily inspections are being carried out and additional monitoring equipment has been put in place,” Mr Thompson said.

“We have also started construction of a new access road to the site.

“Further investigations are underway to inform design work for a permanent solution.”

He said it was “too early to say” what it would be or how long it would take, but pledged to keep road users and the community informed.

“We appreciate the disruption the new weight limit will cause for some drivers, but safety must come first and we are grateful for their patience and understanding,” he said.

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