Footbridge removed from River Braan after Storm Babet

Footbridge removed from River Braan after Storm Babet

A footbridge washed into the River Braan during Storm Babet was winched from the water on Friday onto ground owned by Forestry Land Scotland.

Retrieval of the bridge is part of the work being undertaken by BEAR Scotland for Transport Scotland in conjunction with Perth and Kinross Council, Forestry Land Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. The work will reinstate a pedestrian footpath that will re-connect the A9 underpass at Dunkeld with the Inver Road.

Now that it has been winched from the water, the old footbridge will be inspected to see if it can be restored. If not, discussions about whether it can be replaced will be considered and it will remain fenced off adjacent to the path in the short term.

Work to repair the public footbath started on Monday.

Rock bags have been lowered into place through the week and more will now be placed next to the A9 road bridge.

These will stabilise the riverbank and work to complete this will continue as quickly as possible so the path via the A9 underpass can be reinstated while a permanent solution is considered. The alternative route signage and travel arrangements will remain in place until then and the public are asked not to go into the areas where the works are being undertaken to the banks.

Temporary lighting of the A9 area around the Dunkeld junction, to assist pedestrians temporarily displaced by the closure of the river bank footpath underneath the A9, was deployed on Tuesday 21st by BEAR Scotland.

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