Dairsie Bridge closed to vehicles

CUPAR;'Bridge closed on the Dairsie - Kembuck road'photo; WALTER NEILSON
CUPAR;'Bridge closed on the Dairsie - Kembuck road'photo; WALTER NEILSON
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A HISTORIC bridge linking two north east Fife villages has not become a casualty of the harsh winter weather, as was originally feared.

Fife Council was forced to close Dairsie Bridge last Friday after cracks, thought to have been caused by ice, appeared in the 16th-century structure.

SOUND

However, an engineer visited the site on Tuesday and found the bridge - which crosses the River Eden between Dairsie and Kemback - to be structurally sound.

Dave Smeaton, the council’s lead officer for transportation, said: “The bridge has been assessed and has been found to be structurally sound.

“However, there has been severe damage to the road surface which will need extensive repairs.

PRIORITY

“This is being treated as a top priority and we would hope to begin work on Monday, although any work will be subject to weather conditions.

“In the meantime the bridge will remain closed to vehicles but will be open to pedestrians.”

The A-listed, three-arch bridge was built around 1530 by James Beaton, Archbishop of St Andrews.