Dean Road closed as work starts on new bridge
Tue, 12 Aug 2014
Work is about to start on the long awaited new bridge across the river at Dean Road, Kilmarnock. It will replace the notorious Dean Ford which becomes difficult and sometimes impossible to cross in times of spate.
Starting on 18 August, the work will remove the existing ford and Lauder Footbridge and this will be replaced by a four span bridge incorporating a traffic calmed carriageway and a footway for pedestrians on either side.
The work means the closure of the road to vehicles from the exit of Dean Castle Country Park to Otterburn Avenue until its anticipated completion in February 2015. Diversions will be put in place. Pedestrians will still be able to cross via temporary footpaths and the existing temporary footbridge.
Leader of East Ayrshire Council, Councillor Douglas Reid welcomed the start saying: “We’re very pleased to see this major project getting underway. It will make a big difference to local residents and provide a more reliable and a safer link between different parts of the town. Over the years the ford has very often been impassable and unfortunately some drivers have found themselves stuck and for emergency vehicles the fluctuations in water levels have sometimes meant a lengthy detour was necessary. Now we can all use the road safely in all weathers and this can only be a good move for Kilmarnock.”