ONE of Scotland’s major transport routes has reopened a month early.
The A92 between Edinburgh and Dundee had been partially closed while work was carried out on a 200 year old bridge.
Traffic was banned from a stretch between Freuchie and Ladybank in Fife while the Edenbank bridge was strengthened and refurbished.
Today the Transport Minister, Keith Brown, praised the early completion, which was hampered by high winds last month.
Mr Brown said: “The A92 plays a central role in the movement of strategic traffic between our major towns and cities on the east of Scotland and a full closure of the road was necessary to carry out this vital work.
“I’m grateful to local communities, businesses and road users for their patience as the works progressed, but it was essential repairs and strengthening was undertaken to allow the heritage of Edenbank Bridge to be preserved for future generations.
“Despite unforeseen challenges arising during the work and periods of difficult weather, I’m delighted the work has finished over a month ahead of schedule and congratulate all of those involved. This has allowed the road to be fully opened and those affected to get back to normal business much earlier than anticipated.”
Eddie Ross, North East Operating Company Representative with BEAR Scotland added: “These bridge strengthening and refurbishment works are essential to ensure the continued safe use of Edenbank Bridge. The works are part of Transport Scotland’s strategic bridge maintenance investment programme and will help to ensure that the bridge and the route remain safe and fit for purpose for years to come.”
“The close co-operation and harmonious relationship between my staff and the Contractor, Coffey Construction, has ensured that the works were completed as soon as possible.”