Bridge over the Kilmarnock Water
Fri, 31 Oct 2014
The construction of the £1.85m Dean Ford Bridge is well underway. The foundations are in place and the bridge is starting to take shape with box culverts being lowered into position on the Kilmarnock Water.
Following a competitive tendering process, RJ McLeod Ltd. was awarded the contract to construct the bridge back in May 2014. Following which, design and manufacture of the pre-cast elements of the bridge began with the complex site works starting in August.
The new road bridge will incorporate a pedestrian footway on both sides and once completed the temporary footbridge which is in place at the moment will be removed.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council joined Councillor Bobby McDill, Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration to view the progress on site. He said: “The Dean Ford would flood on numerous occasions every year during periods of heavy rainfall, resulting in stranded vehicles, road closures and traffic diversions round the town centre. Regardless of warnings, drivers attempted to cross the water, putting not only their own lives at risk, but also the lives of emergency services called to their rescue.
“The new bridge will ensure the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians, improving access not only to the town centre but to Dean Castle Country Park and the new Kilmarnock school campus when it opens.”
It is anticipated that Dean Bridge will be completed by the end of February 2015.