Bridge refurbishment works – Bard Avenue

Thanks to £1.625 million additional funding from the Scottish Government, works to modernise and upgrade the Bard Avenue bridge are set to commence from 23rd April.

The refurbishment has been scheduled following a a bridge failure in September 2018, and will involve the resurfacing of the bridge, including re-decking the bridge, as well as a refurbishment of the mechanics required to ensure the bridge remains operational.  These works, which are scheduled to last for two weeks, will not only keep the bridges operating for the next 20-30 years, they will bring them fully up to modern safety standards.
There will be no bridge closure, however there may be slight disruptions. Scottish Canals operatives will be on site to guide people over the bridge throughout the duration of the works.

As well as the works at Bard Avenue, Scottish Canals is also undertaking a wider programme of maintenance, improvements and repairs across the canal network. Projects include the replacement of lock gates on the Caledonian Canal and the installation of new water monitoring systems on the Crinan Canal.

Undertaken thanks to £5.35 million additional funding from the Scottish Government, the programme is informed by Scottish Canals’ Asset Management Strategy, which sets out how the organisation will manage, care for, and prioritise works on the infrastructure of the nation’s 250-year-old waterways between now and 2030.

To ensure the decision making process is as transparent as possible, a new ‘Managing our Assets’ section has been created on the Scottish Canals website. The section features a downloadable version of the Asset Management Strategy as well as information about the projects Scottish Canals is prioritising and works that have been carried out to-date.

The hub can be viewed at

This page will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

Share this Story