A councillor has welcomed the reopening of two Deeside bridges – but has called for a more “long-term solution”.
The Gairnshiel and Milton bridges, on the A939 Ballater to Tomintoul road, reopened on Tuesday after two weeks of repairs.
Both had suffered structural damage due to adverse winter weather that had left them unsafe.
Councillor Geva Blackett, who represents Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, welcomed the reopenings.
She said: “The bridges are vital to the area. There are people that live on one side of the bridges and work on another side. “It’s also a really important tourist route, it’s part of the North East 250.
“The whole economy of the area depends on these bridges, especially the Gairnshiel Bridge.”
The closure meant drivers had to take a 24-mile detour.
Ms Blackett did however describe the repairs as a “sticking plaster”.
She said: “We need to keep the economy of that area going, the bridges are vital in doing that. But we need a more long-term solution.
“The council is working on plans which include a new crossing.”