Burnhervie, R. Don, Aberdeenshire

 

Location N 57°15.6’

                 W 02°26.3

 

Span   c33m (100 feet)

Width 

Built c1879

Evidence that this was a Harper bridge: definite

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Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collection

This bridge was a look alike to the Monymusk bridge, from a description by the County Engineer, and so was probably built around the same time.  Both bridges started with timber masts and both were rebuilt with steel ‘I’ section masts, probably in the 1890s.

 

A hundred years later it suffered from overloading at a charity rafting event and was replaced by a similar bridge in 1980.  In 2005 this was replaced by a cable stayed bridge, again of similar overall appearance.  Over all this time the abutments have not changed; they each have two recesses on the river aspect, the purpose of which is not clear.

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