Hatton bridge replacement completed

A replacement for an Aberdeenshire bridge devastated by severe flash flooding last winter has been completed.

The new Hatton Bridge reopened to vehicles and pedestrians on Monday and replaces a temporary crossing.

The Hatton Mill Bridge collapsed on December 22 last year causing major problems and the temporary structure was put in place before the larger, stronger permanent bridge was completed.

It comprises a reinforced concrete box with a span twice the size of the original, whose foundations were swept away and had to be demolished.

Councillor Anne Allan, a Hatton resident, said: “The council’s in-house bridges and structures team obviously worked hard to get the job finished.

“As a local resident I shared the problems the collapse of the bridge caused in the village and surrounding area and I know that this new bridge will be welcomed by all.”

The four-month project was delayed by around a week.