Mar 15 2013 by Paul Cargill, Perthshire Advertiser
A public exhibition is to be held ahead of the closure of a Perth Bridge to allay the fears of neighbouring residents and traders.
Works to rebuild St Leonard’s Bridge in Craigie will begin on Monday, March 25, and will see the bridge closed for four months.
Bus services will change, new parking measures will be introduced and pedestrians will be diverted through the South Inch as a result.
Both lengths of footways on the bridge are to be replaced following a concrete fall in 2011.
A number of concerns about the works have been raised by nearby residents and businesses, such as noise emitting from night time works and loss of business.
Derek Davidson, Perth and Kinross Council’s project manager for the St Leonard’s Bridge works, told The PA yesterday the council were working to minimise disruption.
It had been envisaged the repairs would require contractors to carry out overnight works for 40 nights.
“There will be late night working but we have reduced this from 40 nights to eight,” said Mr Davidson.
“There will be some noise at night - it’s unavoidable. The contractor will issue letters to all businesses and residents in advance of each night time work.”
In response to concerns about the loss of business, PKC is to put up signs in a number of locations advising that shops will be “open as usual”.
Bus times are expected to take longer but their frequency will remain the same. Cars will be diverted along Edinburgh Road to avoid queueing traffic in Glover Street.
Michael Clark, who runs the Fish ‘n’ Chip Co on St Leonard’s Bridge, said he still had some concerns but understood the work had to go ahead.
“There is a bit of worry, but it has to be done,” he said. “I wouldn’t want anyone using the bridge if it’s unsafe. The council are doing their best.
“We are concerned but this could go both ways. It’s hard to gauge at the moment.”
The public exhibition will be held at 15 Priory Place in Craigie Cross on Monday and will run from noon to 7pm.
Council officers and representatives from the project contractors will be in attendance to answer questions.