Bridge works will be completed this year

The reopening of Rothbury Bridge.
The reopening of Rothbury Bridge.

Work to complete the £3.7million Rothbury bridge project is set to be finished by the beginning of October.

The scheme, which has seen the current bridge upgraded, has been ongoing since June 2010.

The refurbished bridge was officially opened by the Duchess of Northumberland in December 20.

A Bailey bridge was put in to carry cars across the River Coquet while the works took place and the remainder of this still needs removing.

At Rothbury Parish Council’s monthly meeting last week, Coun Steven Bridgett said that work is still taking place at the moment, but contractors are working towards a completion date of October 1.

Metal parts of the Bailey bridge are currently being removed and stonemasons are coming back to finished off parts of the wall.

The river banks are to be put back to their original condition and daffodil bulbs have been ordered to be planted.

Concrete is also be removed .

Coun Bridgett added: “I know there have been concerns about the white lines on the road by the turning to the Cow Haugh car park, and they are being put down next week.”

However, concerns were raised about a footpath on the new bridge being closed, but not properly so.

Coun Mark Gilson said that a notice has been put on saying it is closed, but added that people are moving cones out of the way to walk on the path.

“If it needs to be closed it should be properly closed,” he said.

“There are also concerns about yellow lines being removed from the road on Haw Hill.

“When you are coming across the bridge to turn left there is now an extreme hazard because cars are parking right up to Tomlinson’s.”

Coun Bridgett said the lines would be looked at by the county council and he would take up the matter.