Just weeks after works were completed on the A92 in north east Fife, Fifetoday can reveal that another section of the trunk route is to be closed for up to six weeks this summer.
The stretch of carriageway between Easter Lathrisk near Freuchie and Eden Bridge near Ladybank recently underwent repairs, causing disruption for the 12,000 motorists who use the route everyday.
Now it is understood that Bear Scotland – which maintains the road – is to begin a programme of works to strengthen and refurbish the Edenbank bridge in August.
The entire project is expected to take 10-12 weeks with the road being estimated to close for at least six of those weeks.
In a letter issued to local community councils, Bear Scotland’s bridges manager Mike Chan said routine inspections had detected that the bridge was suffering from water ingress defects and severe masonry deterioration.
Further inspections revealed the bridge is substandard in load carrying capacity and has now been temporarily propped up as a safeguard.
The letter goes on to say that when the works start, traffic heading north will be diverted off the A92 at New Inn roundabout on to the A912 through Falkland to the A91 towards Strathmiglo, rejoining the A92 at Melville Lodges.
Proposals for motorists heading south are via the same diversion.
In the letter there was no mention of any diversions via Cupar or Springfield or through the Howe of Fife hamlets, although local traffic is likely to take these routes.
In addition to traffic disruption, the works are to be carried out day and night – although assurances are given that this will be subject to the control of noise and vibration requirements.
Prior to works beginning Bear Scotland said it will be notifying all affected parties including community councils, local businesses and sports clubs as well as holding an open evening in a local venue to give more details.
An extensive radio, TV, internet and newspaper campaign is also planned with advance information boards being erected on the A92.