Howe of Fife motorists facing A92 disruption

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PART of Fife’s main arterial route will be closed from Wednesday, September 14, when a £500,000 bridge strengthening project gets under way.

Work had been due to start on Monday, but was delayed by 48 hours due to adverse weather conditions.

The stretch of the A92 between Ladybank and Freuchie will be shut for six weeks while work is carried out on the Edenbank Bridge.

Diversion routes are along the A91 and A912 from Melville Lodges and New Inn via Strathmiglo.

But officials have been at pains to stress that all businesses in Ladybank and Freuchie, plus the Bridgend garage and garden centre, will be open and accessible as usual.

George McKinlay, owner of Bridgend Garden Centre, told the Fife Herald he was bracing himself for six weeks of disruption.

He said: “I’m sure the closure will have an impact, but just how bad it’ll be we don’t know.

“Local people will know we’re still open, and there are going to be signs at the southern end letting people know, but I don’t think there’s going to be anything at the top end.

“The main thing to let people know is that we’ll be open for business as usual.”

Eddie Ross of trunk road operator BEAR Scotland explained that routine inspections revealed the 200-year-old bridge was struggling to cope with modern traffic loads.

He said: “These bridge strengthening and refurbishment works are essential to ensure the continued safe use of Edenbank Bridge.

“The works are part of Transport Scotland’s strategic bridge maintenance investment programme and will help to ensure that the bridge and the route remain safe and fit for purpose for years to come.”

Traffic lights will be in place for a further six weeks after the road re-opens.

The southern end of the B937, at its junction with the A92, has been closed since Monday, September 5, and will remain shut for the duration of the work.

Mr Ross went on: “We have liaised with Fife Council, Fife Constabulary and the local communities to ensure the works are well planned and publicised.

“Disruption is inevitable, however we would ask motorists to drive carefully on the diversion routes, particularly through the various communities.

“We would also note that the local businesses will remain open as usual and accessible at all times.

“We would ask that road users plan their journeys carefully in advance using www.trafficscotland.org in order to minimise any disruption.”

The work is being carried out by Coffey Construction, supervised by BEAR Scotland.