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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.


A start date has now been confirmed for mineral investigation and grouting works at Skolie Burn Bridge.  The council have employed a specialist contractor, Soil Engineering Ltd, who will be carrying out the boreholes and remedial grouting with works commencing on site on Monday 10 September 2018.  Works are currently expected to take around five weeks but the exact timescales may obviously be affected by exactly what is found beneath the ground.  A geotechnical engineer from our consultant, AECOM, will be on site at all times to supervise the works. 

In order to progress the works safely it will be necessary to place traffic management on the road in the form of three way temporary traffic lights with associated lane restrictions and alterations to the footway.  The road will remain open to vehicles (including buses) and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout although there may be slight delays due to the traffic signals being in place.  Advance warning signs shall be erected in the next couple of days.  

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 the ground surrounding the bridge and beneath the road is stabilised prior to commencement of the main bridge replacement works.  The main contract for the bridge replacement is currently scheduled for March 2019.

Planned work details

The work will take place in two phases, with preliminary grouting works set to start in September 2018 for up to six weeks. This will be followed by the main bridge replacement works starting early 2019, which are expected to last up to nine months.

A series of drop-in information sessions were arranged at the Pit Stop Community Centre in Loganlea over the summer for local residents looking to find out more about the large-scale project :

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 work will take place in two phases, with ground investigations work and grouting commencing in September 2018. The main bridge replacement work will start in early 2019 and will see a temporary bridge installed to ensure that vehicular and pedestrian access is maintained between Loganlea and Addiewell at all times.