LISTEN: Kate Howie explains why it’s important to cross considerately while the bridge undergoes maintenance
The Logierait Bridge is Scotland’s only community owned ex-railway bridge and its currently undergoing refurbishment to expand its lifetime.
Although, since the works are underway below the deck of the bridge, this does not mean that the bridge is closed.
The Logierait bridge company’s treasurer, Kate Howie, said: “For the next two to three weeks we will have men working on the bridge, but the underside of it.
“They’re looking at lot of the paintwork and the various parts of the metal work, to see if we can repair this over the next two to three weeks.”
Because the bridge is continuing to remain open, since the maintenance people aren’t in the way of traffic, the company is asking that people take care while crossing.
Kate Howie added: “So we’re not going to close the bridge, because no one will be working on top of it, but we would ask everyone to take great care.
“There’s a ten mile an hour speed limit on the bridge, which is quite visible but sometimes people don’t remember that.
“But if everyone could take it a little bit slower, so those working underneath the bridge aren’t in any way in danger by the vibration of them going across.”
While the bridge is independently funded from the subscribers who use the access it offers, three other organisations are pooling together to help.
Support from Sustrans, the Griffin Windfarm grants and others is helping keep up the bridge for the community.
Around 200 vehicles cross the bridge on a daily basis, so people donate £20 towards it’s upkeep and businesses put forward £60 to help too.
The value of the former rail crossing for these locals is estimated to be around £4,000.
Explaining some of the history behind the bridge, Kate Howie said: “It operated as a railway bridge until the Beeching cuts in nineteen-sixty-four.
“After that period, the local community felt that it was a really good bridge across the Tay, so it saved lots of people who lived, in Balnaguard and Daraich, over about ten miles of diversion.
“So over twenty years ago, the community raised, I think, nearly one million pounds to refurbish the bridge and to build the two link roads at either side of the Tay.”