An Aberdeenshire bridge is being shut next week due to concerns for public safety.
Kinnairdy Bridge, near Aberchirder, will be closed from next Tuesday after Aberdeenshire Council engineers discovered its structure has been “deteriorating quicker than first thought”.
There is no date set for the bridge to be reopened.
Philip McKay, head of roads at the local authority, said: “We are fortunate to have many historic bridges in Aberdeenshire but lots of them need to be regularly maintained and repaired so they are safe for the public to use.
“Whilst I appreciate that closures can cause inconvenience, I hope the public understand that safety must come first.
“Vehicles that weigh more than three tonnes are not currently permitted to use the bridge due to a restriction that has been in force since March.
“The bridge has been monitored regularly due to concerns about its structure.
“However, its structure is deteriorating quicker than first thought, which is why we have decided to close it.”
A diversion will be put in place using local roads.