Footbridge placing marks another milestone in Elgin defences

Another major landmark in Elgin’s £86million flood defences has been achieved this week when a new footbridge over the River Lossie was put in place.

The 35-metre bridge will provide access for pedestrians to the Kingsmills area of Elgin.

Weighing in at an impressive 40tonnes, the bridge was fabricated in the north of England before being transported by road and put into place during an hour-long operation.

Councillor George Alexander, chair of the Council’s flood alleviation sub-committee, said: “Once it is opened later in the summer the new bridge will become a well-used link for pedestrians and cyclists going to and from the Kingsmills and South Lesmurdie areas and the main part of the town.”

The bridge will provide a means of crossing the new flood relief channel running parallel with the River Lossie and links to the existing Brewery Bridge at Elgin Cathedral.

Meanwhile a Council spokesman said that work on the new road bridge further downstream was progressing well with an planned opening in June.

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