The Stevenson Bridge carries the A9 Causewayhead Road over the River Forth into Stirling and is the principle transport link over the river within the city.
Constructed in 1832 by famed Scottish engineer Robert Stevenson, the bridge has stood the test of time well, providing a critical link across the river for the communities of Stirling.
However, almost 200 years of weathering and increasing traffic volumes over the last 50 years has taken its toll on the bridge and refurbishment works are now required.
Major refurbishment needed
The bridge parapets (walls) require to be fully replaced to maintain the structural integrity and safety of the bridge, and the Council is planning to undertake the replacement of these as part of a major refurbishment project.
Temporary vehicle safety barriers are to be put in place on the bridge due to the current condition of the parapets, and these will remain in place until the refurbishment works are complete.
These barriers will run along the full roadside stretch of the bridge without restricting lane width or vehicle movement.
Full road closure to install temporary barriers
A full road closure will be in place over the next two Sundays on Stevenson Bridge, from Customs Roundabout to the traffic lights at the junction with Cornton Road, between 8am-5pm, to allow the installation of the temporary barriers:
On both Sundays a diversion route will be in place via Cornton Road, Alloa Road and the A91 (see below map).
While the bridge is closed for the installation of the safety measures, surface repairs will also be undertaken to avoid unnecessary future closures of this key route.
The timing and phasing of the refurbishment project is still be to be agreed, and full consultation with communities and businesses within the area will be undertaken as part of the planning for the works.
Residents should remember that there is no pedestrian access on Stevenson Bridge at any time. Pedestrians and cyclists should use Old Stirling Bridge, which hosts the national cycle route.
Essential safety measures
Convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson said: “The Stevenson Bridge is a critical crossing of the River Forth for the city of Stirling and its communities. These temporary safety measures are essential to protect the bridge.
“We are committed to conserving the rich history and heritage of Stirling, as illustrated by the planned refurbishment work that will be carried out on this landmark structure."
Vice Convenor, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “Unfortunately, further deterioration has meant action is necessary in order to safeguard the bridge and its users. The installation of the barriers will ensure safety while minimising disruption and inconvenience to road users.”