THE A92 between Freuchie and Ladybank has re-opened to traffic, with work to strengthen and refurbish the 200-year-old Edenbank Bridge ahead of schedule.
Despite a delayed start date due to extreme weather conditions and a requirement for additional unforeseen works, the road closure was lifted at midnight on Wednesday – 11 days early.
In addition, the remainder of the work is expected to be completed this weekend, some five weeks ahead of schedule.
The work got under way on September 12 and was expected to take 10-12 weeks, including an initial phase requiring complete closure of the A92 for six weeks followed by single lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic lights for the remainder of the contract.
Eddie Ross, north east operating company representative with BEAR Scotland, said: “These bridge strengthening and refurbishment works were 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.
“We were conscious of the inconvenience caused to the travelling public and local businesses and residents while the works took place and we are delighted that this inconvenience has been minimised to such a large extent”
Howe of Fife and Tay Coast councillor Donald Lothian said: “The closure has been a nuisance for those affected, but BEAR has done well to complete the work ahead of schedule and also has done as well as could be expected to minimise problems.
“I am not aware of any particular issues on the diversion route, primarily because strategic traffic appears to have gone elsewhere, but the biggest impact has been in the ‘rat runs’ around Freuchie, Kettle and Ladybank which has caused nuisance including damaged verges.
“Local businesses will also likely have been affected which is particularly regrettable, although sadly unavoidable.”