Completion of repair work to fix crumbling Balfron Bridge delayed by two months

Completion of repairs to a collapsed bridge near Balfron has been delayed for more than two months.

The Branshogle Bridge, on the B818, partially collapsed in March last year, but consultants to Stirling Council feared ‘further collapse was likely’, leading to full closure.

The closure meant that trucks seeking to steer along the road, between Balfron and Fintry, were forced to take a long detour via Buchlyvie, Arnprior and Kippen. Vehicles trying to access a farm along the B818 – Claylands – faced a diversion of nearly 19 miles to access the property.

Repair work on the structure began in November last year and Stirling Council estimated the repair program would be completed by early April.

However, it was confirmed this week that the work had suffered a series of delays and was now due to be completed by the end of June.

A spokesperson for Stirling Council said: “We wrote to affected communities and residents last week to confirm that work on the Branshogle Bridge has unfortunately encountered unforeseen delays.

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“This is an ecologically sensitive site which presents significant access and construction challenges. The work has exposed more complex ground conditions than those originally identified, which require significant modifications to the design, construction process and temporary retaining works.

“Progress has also been affected by recent storms and high water levels, with work now expected to be completed by the end of June.

“We are aware of the impact of the closure on the community and the council is working closely with the contractor to ensure repairs are completed as soon as possible.

“We will continue to meet with the community throughout the work.”