Bridge too far? Kirky traders and locals face more roadworks misery

FURTHER disruption is on the way for residents and businesses in the Eastside area of Kirkintilloch – as road and bridge repairs are being extended for an extra two weeks.

Eastside is closed to traffic approaching from the town centre while Eastside Bridge undergoes a £200,000 revamp.

The work has been on-going since the end of January and was due to be completed this week.

But East Dunbartonshire Council has applied for a two-week extension for the work to be carried out, from Sunday, April 29 to Sunday, May 13. The council said additional work had been required.

Eastside Bridge, which dates back to 1715, crosses over the Luggie Water.

Four cast-iron lamp standards on the bridge are the only surviving local examples of the town’s first foundry - the Kirkintilloch Foundry.

The council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, David Devine, said: “Refurbishment works and strengthening of the footways began on Eastside Bridge on January 23 with a programme completion date of April 29.

“Once the existing footway supports were stripped out the underlying condition of the bridge required additional works to be carried out and the closure period required to be extended.

“We are, however, working hard to make up time and should the current rate of progress be maintained, we would hope to be able to re-open Eastside Bridge in early May.”

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