Fife Council allocates £5.7m for bridge repairs

Councillor Pat Callaghan says there is a backlog of bridges needing work carried out.
Councillor Pat Callaghan says there is a backlog of bridges needing work carried out.

Fife Council has allocated £5.7m to repair and maintain bridges for the next 10 years.

The ‘Fife Bridges Works Rolling Programme 2016/17 onwards’ has been approved by the council’s executive committee.

The council currently maintains 432 road bridges and 278 retaining walls, with a total replacement value of around £372m.

Seventy four per cent of Fife’s bridges have condition ratings of ‘good/very good’, but councillors heard a number of bridges were below standard and needed special measures to ensure they are safe to use.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for environment and transportation, said: “We’re working hard maintaining Fife’s road bridges and structures. Keeping them safe for use and fit for purpose is a priority.

“There’s a backlog of bridges needing work carried out. We’ll continue monitoring the condition of these bridges and shall look for opportunities for investment.”

Priorities during the current financial year include the infilling of the propped A917 Kilrenny Bridge, replacement of the A913 Burnside Bridge at Newburgh, and concrete repairs and corrosion protection to A91 at Guardbridge.