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 due to start on Skolie Burn Bridge between Addiewell and Loganlea

Major works to replace Skolie Burn Bridge will be starting shortly. The contract for the bridge replacement scheme has been awarded to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd who are an experienced Scottish contractor with previous experience of projects of a similar nature. 

Works are due to start on site on 27 May 2019 and 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. This will ensure that access is maintained between Addiewell and Loganlea at all times.

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

  3. Demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new reinforced concrete bridge in its place.

  4. Diversion of utility apparatus from the temporary bridge back onto the new bridge.

  5. Dismantling and removal of the temporary bridge and landscaping of the site.

Due to the restricted nature of the site, with steep sided embankment, a significant amount of work will be required in order to construct the temporary bridge and road. There will therefore be a requirement for temporary traffic lights to be in place from the start of the works to allow safe working zones and to accommodate pedestrians.  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.  Parking restrictions will also be in place on Church Street, Loganlea Road and Addiebrownhill for the duration of the works.  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 be kept as short as possible and will be communicated in advance. 

The contractor will establish a site compound and storage area at the west end of the grass playing field behind the Primary School.  Access to this area will be taken from the gravel path to the west 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.  Full completion is expected in April 2020.