Northwater Bridge repair work delayed

20111220- A92 blocked at Lower North Water Bridge. 'A lorry carrying a trailer load of timber shed blocked the A92 coast road between St. Cyrus and Montrose after shedding its load. The narrow bridge operates a right of way to Southbound traffic. The trailer ended up on its side spilling timber on and over the bridge and causing structural damage to the side of the bridge. The bridge crosses the River North Esk marking the boundary between Aberdeenshire and Angus. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20111220- A92 blocked at Lower North Water Bridge. 'A lorry carrying a trailer load of timber shed blocked the A92 coast road between St. Cyrus and Montrose after shedding its load. The narrow bridge operates a right of way to Southbound traffic. The trailer ended up on its side spilling timber on and over the bridge and causing structural damage to the side of the bridge. The bridge crosses the River North Esk marking the boundary between Aberdeenshire and Angus. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

PROBLEMS sourcing the right kind of stone is holding up repair work to an 18th century bridge, damaged in an accident two months ago.

Lower Northwater Bridge on the A92 between Montrose and St Cyrus was badly damaged after a trailer carrying logs tipped on to its side and became jammed between the bridge’s parapets.

It cracked a section of the parapet on the downstream side and shed part of its load over the other side. The driver escaped unhurt but the lorry’s Hi-ab timber crane was dislodged from its base and left dangling over the parapet, still attached to the trailer by safety straps, and almost reaching the river bank 35 feet below.

Another timber lorry was brought to the scene, and its crane was used to clear the lengths of timber from the carriageway.

The A-listed bridge underwent a £650,000 restoration in 2008 and Angus Council is again facing a repair bill.

Designed and constructed by Montrose architects John Smeaton, John Adam and Andrew Barrie, it was built between 1770 and 1775.

An Angus Council spokeswoman this week said the authority is working on the project with Historic Scotland

She said: “We are in the process of sourcing stone to make the repairs which will be done in consultation with Historic Scotland.

“In the meantime, temporary barriers will remain in place.”

As part of the repair project, engineers will try to reclaim some of the parapet’s original stonework which plummeted on to the riverbank.