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Skolie Burn Bridge replacement project

West Lothian Council is set to invest £2.4 million to replace Skolie Burn Bridge between Addiewell and Loganlea.


Works were successfully completed in October 2018 to fully investigate and infill a void that was discovered immediately next to the bridge. This involved drilling a series of boreholes and pumping over 200 tonnes of grout into the void to stabilise the ground. The void was suspected to be associated with unrecorded mine workings, either for limestone or coal. This work ensures that the main phase of bridge replacement can go ahead safely.

Planned work details

Detailed design of the replacement bridge and temporary bridge is now complete and tenders will be priced during February and March 2019. Following appointment of a principal contractor and allowing for a period of mobilisation work is expected to start on site during late April/early May 2019. Works are anticipated to take up to 10 months to complete.

There will be five main phases of work:

  1. Construction of a temporary bridge and road to the north of the existing bridge. This will carry vehicles (including buses) and pedestrians while the permanent bridge is replaced. Construction will require temporary traffic lights to be in place to allow safe working zones.

  2. Divert utility apparatus (including gas pipes, electricity cables, phone cables and water pipes) from the old bridge onto the temporary bridge.

  3. Demolish the existing bridge and construct a new reinforced concrete bridge in its place.

  4. Divert utility apparatus from the temporary bridge into the new bridge.

  5. Dismantle and remove the temporary bridge and landscape the site.

When the temporary bridge is in operation there will be changes to the road layout in the local area and traffic lights will be in use. There may be a requirement for short term road closures in order to safely construct parts of the temporary road (particularly to tie into the existing road). Any closures will kept as short as possible and will be communicated in advance.

The contractor will establish a site compound and storage area at the east end of the grass playing field behind the Primary School.  Access to this area will be taken from the gravel path to the east of the school.  

These works are vital to ensure that a robust replacement bridge, with a design life of 120 years, can be constructed. This will ensure that access between Addiewell and Loganlea is maintained in the long term. On completion the bridge will be reopened to two lanes of traffic with no weight restrictions.

A series of drop-in information sessions were arranged at the Pit Stop Community Centre in Loganlea over the summer of 2018 for local residents looking to find out more about the large-scale project. A copy of the information boards can be found using the following link :

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: "Skolie Burn Bridge is thought to have been built in the mid 1800's, with an extension added at a later date, and now requires to be replaced. The current bridge has had restrictions in place for a number of years, so is not suitable for all traffic.""The main bridge replacement work will start in spring 2019 and will see a temporary bridge installed to ensure that vehicular and pedestrian access is maintained between Loganlea and Addiewell at all times."