Delight as Mill of Leask bridge nears completion

The new Mill of Leask Bridge nearing completion.
The new Mill of Leask Bridge nearing completion.

A replacement bridge linking a small community to Ellon is nearing completion.

Construction began at Mill of Leask in May and is expected to finish by the middle of this month.

Residents were left without a bridge for nearly 18 months after it was damaged during winter storms in 2012, then demolished in January last year.

Mill of Leask resident, Dave Forbes, said he is delighted with the progress which has been made up to this point.

He told the Times: “The bridge project appears to be progressing very well. We have been pleasantly surprised by the design and workmanship evident in the new structure, which is both more functional (significantly wider) and more aesthetically pleasing than the old bridge - something I at least never anticipated.”

Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson said that he is happy with the ongoing progress with the construction of the new bridge.

Councillor Merson said: “The extent to which the old bridge was being used had not been recognised, and the local residents must be congratulated on the standard of the economic case for replacement which was submitted for consideration.

“I am pleased that the inconvenience which resulted from the loss of the bridge will soon be at an end.”

A spokesperson for Aberdeenshire Council added: “Work is progressing well with the main structure and parapets completed.

“The road is now scheduled to reopen in mid-August.”