Replacement the only option for storm damaged Black Isle bridge

Damage to the bridge at Newhall

A storm-damaged bridge on the Black Isle will have to be replaced, according to Highland Council.

A fallen tree caused serious structural damage to Newhall Bridge, on the B9163 Findon-Cromarty road last week.

The bridge, which has been closed to vehicles, is a vital link along the north side of the Black Isle.

But structural engineers have now advised the council that the bridge is “beyond economic repair” and must be replaced.

Because of the length of time that it will take to build a permanent replacement, the local authority plans to install a temporary bridge.

However it may be up to three weeks before this is in place.

The closure of the road is already having an impact on school transport for Resolis Primary and Fortrose Academy.

Temporary alternative arrangements are in place and the schools are in contact with parents regarding these.

During the period while the bridge is closed, additional gritting will be provided on the local road through Killen and Mount Eagle.

Access to Cromarty and Jemimaville from the north is available via the A9/A832 through Tore roundabout and Fortrose

Access to Balblair, Resolis, Cullicudden and surrounding area from the south of the Black Isle is available via the A832/A9/B9163 or via local roads through Killen and Mount Eagle.