A councillor has called the closure of a busy north-east bridge, which will force drivers on a lengthy detour, “unfortunate but necessary”.
The Keith Hall Road Bridge, at the south of Inverurie on the B993, will shut for five days from Monday to allow scaffolding to be removed and repointing work to take place to the parapets on the C-listed structure.
It will mean a diversion of nearly 12 miles, adding at least 25 minutes to journey times.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “Drivers are advised to allow extra travel time as an upcoming road closure in Inverurie will result in congestion and a prolonged diversion.”
The closure will force Inverurie residents to take a lengthy detour to reach nearby towns such as Kintore, Kinmuck and Keith Hall.
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The council spokesman added: “Keith Hall Road Bridge (B993) in Inverurie will be closed for five days from Monday November 5 to remove the scaffolding which is currently in place, and for repointing works to the parapets.
“Site notices will indicate the closure and the alternative route via B993 to A96, A96 to B977 Kintore, B977 and B979 to Hatton of Fintray and C67c Kinmuck to Keith Hall and vice versa.”
Councillor Neil Baillie, who represents the Inverurie and District ward, said: “Unfortunately the repairs to the Keith Hall Road Bridge are necessary and need to be done.
“It is also unfortunate that it will take five days. I understand that this will inconvenience people in Inverurie.
“However, I am hopeful that if the work is done efficiently, the bridge will be open after this.”
He added: “Obviously it’s not an ideal situation and there will be a large diversion but I would ask Inverurie residents to be patient and I am hopeful progress will be made quickly.”