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 to Skolie Burn Bridge between Addiewell and Loganlea delayed due to Covid-19 crisis.

Major works to replace Skolie Burn Bridge are currently well underway. Works commenced on site on 27 May 2019 with completion expected in May 2020. However, the recent Covid-19 crisis has caused a delay to completion of the works. The site was shut down on 24 March 2020 to comply with government guidance. Works will only recommence once restrictions are lifted with working practices amended to comply with social distancing requirements. The contractor for the bridge replacement scheme, RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd, have already put in place revised policies and procedures to allow a restart as soon as possible after restrictions are eased.

Works to date have included:

  1. Construction of a temporary bridge and road to the north of the existing bridge. This bridge carried vehicles (including buses) and pedestrians while the permanent bridge was replaced. This ensured that access was 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.

The new bridge is currently in use, although restricted to a single lane of traffic under traffic signal control. Works remaining to be completed include installation of bridge parapets, approach barriers, resurfacing works and landscaping. It is anticipated that works will be completed within approximately 10 weeks of the site reopening. In order to complete some aspects of the remaining works (particularly surfacing and parapet installation) it will be necessary to close the road for a period of one week for the safety of the public and site staff.

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.