New Hatton Bridge opens

The new Hatton Bridge in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

It is a replacement for the Buchan bridge that was overcome by severe flash flooding last year.

The Hatton Mill Bridge collapsed on 22 December and a temporary structure was put in place, before the bigger, 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.

The four-month project was delayed by around a week due to complications diverting utilities which crossed the bridge.

Chair of the Buchan area committee, Stuart Pratt, said: “The new bridge is bigger and stronger than that which collapsed and should serve the community for many years to come.

“We’re pleased the permanent replacement bridge has been completed nine months after the collapse of the old crossing, which was well-used.”

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