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Brechin Bridge is to close for at least seven weeks in January - with the closure part of the Brechin Flood Prevention Scheme works.

Traffic heading to and from Arbroath will be diverted via Montrose during the closure - although local traffic may use alternative routes in the area but they will not be sign-posted as they are not part of the official diversion route.

Vice-convener of communities, councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “The temporary closure of Brechin Bridge comes on the back of an already challenging traffic management plan for the scheme.

“The project delivery team are acutely aware of the potential inconvenience this may cause and wish to give advance notice to local residents, as well as people from other burgh towns with direct links to Brechin Bridge.

“These works are crucial in ensuring the future flood protection of residents and property in Brechin and we are very grateful for their patience and understanding.”

The closure is to allow for the following works:-

traffic signals upgraded, enabled by the installation of new ducts within the bridge carriageway

Work to utilities in East Mill Road to connect them to the new pumping station and drainage in River Street

Construction of new flood wall next to East Mill Road, just as you come off the bridge.

The traffic management plan for closing Brechin Bridge will be publicised and advertised throughout Angus in the coming weeks and council officials will be speaking to all stakeholders and discussing any particular issues.

Angus Council and Morrison Construction will endeavour to minimise the disruption, complete the works and re-open Brechin Bridge as soon as practicable.

The signed diversion route will be incorporated into Angus Council’s winter maintenance plan when Brechin Bridge is closed and emergency vehicles will have access to the junction of River Street and East Mill Road if required.

Staff at the Bridgend Bar and Gowrie Care Home are being asked to park on East Mill Road if possible and walk to their workplace during the closure.

Vehicle access to 97-143 River Street (including 143A-H) will not be possible, with the exception of the care home and the Bridgend Bar.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, along with access for emergency services.

Residents of Bridge End House and the neighbouring property will be impacted by the proposed works, but where possible vehicular access to both properties will be maintained.

Any residents with queries about the emergency plan to deal with flood events during the construction works can contact Richard Meeson at the River Street site offices on 07921429668.