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Issued: 17 September 2004

Procession To Say Farewell To Old Montrose Bridge

The last vehicle will cross Montrose Bridge next week.

To mark the occasion, a small procession of old vehicles dating from era when the bridge was first opened to traffic will take place at 2pm on Thursday 23 September.

These will include a steam traction engine, a steam road roller, and some vehicles from Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust.

The temporary road and pedestrian bridges over the South Esk are due to open to traffic on 22 and 23 September.

The temporary diversion layout will consist of a new mini-roundabout at the south end of the bridge, the repositioning of the mini-roundabout at the north end, with a 20mph speed limit between the two roundabouts over the bridge.

Once the traffic is diverted on to the temporary bridge, preparation works can commence for the removal of the existing three span reinforced concrete bridge.

This will be carried using a giant marine crane between the 13 and 16 October.

Angus Council’s contractor, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd, has employed the services of Scaldis Salvage and Marine Contractors (Belgium) who will be using their 4000 tonne capacity crane, which goes by the name of 'RAMBIZ', to carry out this part of the works.

The plan is to remove the centre span (weighing 300 tonnes) first, followed by the south cantilever section and finally the north cantilever section (each weighing 2200 tonnes).

Once lifted, each piece will be deposited on the south quay of Montrose Port to allow Balfour Beatty to complete the demolition in a more controlled working environment on dry land.

Once the superstructure is removed, the contractor can concentrate on the demolition of the piers of the old bridge and the construction of the substructure for the piers of the replacement bridge.

The new bridge represents a £7million investment by Angus Council and is on course to be completed by October 2005.