Kincardine Bridge to close for repairs

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Motorists are being warned to expect delays when the Kincardine Bridge closes for two weekends for repairs.

Signed diversions will be in place as BEAR Scotland carry out work on replacing three worn-out bridge expansion joints costing £25,000.

The closures will take place from 7.30 p.m. on Friday, February 22, until 6.30 a.m. on Monday, February 25, and the following weekend at the same times from Friday, March 1 - 4.

Northbound traffic will be diverted off at Higgins’ Neuk Roundabout and over the A876 Clackmannanshire Bridge and then onto the A977 back to the A985 Longannet Roundabout.

Southbound traffic from the A985 will be diverted off at the Longannet Roundabout onto the A997 to the Gartarry Roundabout and then southwards over the A876 Clackmannanshire Bridge.

The closures could be cancelled at short notice if high winds are forecast.

BEAR is advising people to plan journeys in advance. Bridges manager for the south east, Mark Turner, said: “These essential repair works are necessary to ensure the iconic Kincardine Bridge continues to operate safely and efficiently for many years to come.

“It is still an integral part of the trunk road network and provides a vital link when the Forth Road Bridge and Clackmannanshire Bridge have to be closed.

“Some delays are inevitable during phases of the works and motorists are asked to plan their journeys accordingly.”