Repair work is set to begin on Wade’s Bridge on Monday, 5th of September to repoint the internal faces of the parapet walls. The works are estimated to take around two weeks, with temporary traffic lights and a convoy system in place for the protection of the work force.
The repairs will help return the bridge, which was built in 1733, as part of the network of military roads in Highland Perthshire, back to its former glory, keeping it as an important visitor attraction and river crossing, in Aberfeldy.
A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council who authorised the works said “The works to Wade’s bridge in Aberfeldy will focus on repairs to the inner faces of the parapets where some general weathering and deterioration to the pointing and some localised stone loss has occurred. We appreciate the importance of the bridge to drivers, so have planned the works to be carried out without closing the bridge, however some additional traffic control will be required and some delays may be experienced during the works. “
The repairs have been welcomed by Highland Ward Councillor John Duff who said, “I am really pleased to see this work commencing. Several residents voiced their concerns to me about its condition. The lime mortar on the bridge parapets has deteriorated significantly in recent times and several stones have been dislodged along the bridge parapets as a result. While there is no danger to the structure, the bridge looks the worse for wear and this remedial work is long overdue.”
The repairs are the second set of works to take place on the bridge which recently underwent work to install traffic lights and pedestrian crossings at either end to help pedestrians cross safely.