The council is responsible for over 740 bridges located throughout West Lothian.
Of these, some 578 bridges are managed and maintained by the council. The remainder are managed and maintained by bodies such as Transport Scotland, Network Rail, Scottish Canals and Sustrans.
The Structures team manage and maintain highway structures within West Lothian, so as to provide structures that are safe to use, fit for purpose and meet agreed performance targets.
West Lothian Council currently carries out visual inspections (general inspections) of structures every 2 years and more detailed inspections (principal inspections) every 6 years.
Results of these inspections are used to establish, cost and prioritise future maintenance programmes.
Bridge Management System
The bridge stock is managed using the Confirm Structures Database, which holds details of all council bridges. Inspection Reports are also held in this database together with details of the Condition Indicator for each bridge.
Maintenance work undertaken by the Structures Team is normally identified through the General and Principal Inspection Programme. However, reports from members of the public are also valuable in identifying necessary bridge work. Defects to structures are rated according to their extent and severity.
Accidental damage is mainly caused by vehicular impact. This often results in damage to bridge parapets or, in the case of over height vehicles, damage to the bridge deck.
Statutory Performance Indicators
The Bridges - Road Network Restrictions indicator is reported on an annual basis via Audit Scotland.
There are currently 26 listed bridges in West Lothian. When we undertake works to any listed structure we are required to consult with the Councils Planning section and also Historic Scotland in order to ensure that what we are proposing to do and the materials we plan to use are suitable.
Reporting Damage to Structures
You can report damage to any structure in West Lothian by contacting the Council's 24 hour Customer Services Centre on 01506 280000. A brief description of the damage and location of the structure is very useful in helping us identify the relevant structure.
Building a Bridge or Retaining Wall in West Lothian
If you have plans to build a road, pedestrian bridge or retaining wall which you wish to be maintained by the council, the leaflet -sets out our requirements. The leaflet is a step by step guide through the technical approval process, from design to adoption. Copies of the necessary standard forms and certificates are available to give an idea of what is required and can be downloaded below:
The Structures Team is responsible for the following;
- the management and maintenance of highway structures;
- regular inspections e.g. general and principal inspections of highway structures;
- routine/preventative and essential maintenance;
- upgrading and replacement works;
- management of sub-standard bridges;
- assessment and strengthening;
- design, specification, contractor procurement, site supervision and project management of bridge works;
- abnormal loads routing;
- graffiti cleaning on highway structures;
Assets managed by the Structures Team include:
- Road, Rail and Canal Bridges
- Retaining Walls
The bridge stock comprises masonry, concrete, steel, timber and composite structures.
M8 and M9 Motorway maintenance
Customers who wish to report new road defects, gritting issues, potholes, litter etc. on the M8 and M9 trunk roads should contact Amey via the following details:
The contract to maintain the M8 and M9 Motorways, slip roads and overbridges was awarded by Transport Scotland to Amey in August 2014 for a period of 6 years with an option to extend up to a maximum of eight years (Previously these trunk roads were maintained by BEAR Scotland).
West Lothian Council currently works in partnership with other structure owners and partner organisations including:
- Transport Scotland
- Network Rail
- Scottish Canals
- Historic Scotland
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Audit Scotland
- Edinburgh Council
- Falkirk Council
- North Lanarkshire Council
- Utility Companies
The council is also a member of the Society of Chief Officers of Transport in Scotland (SCOTS) Bridges Group.