Permanent bridge linking the islands of Gt Bernera and the Isle of Lewis opens to traffic

Scotland - Great Bernera Opening

Permanent bridge linking the islands of Gt Bernera and the Isle of Lewis opens to traffic

Mabey Bridge long-span structure links Outer Hebrides islands

Mabey Bridge is pleased to announce that a new 99 metre long span bridge linking the islands of Great Bernera and Isle of Lewis in Scotland was opened yesterday at a ceremony organised by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (The Western Isles Council). The new Bernera Bridge was commissioned to replace the original Bernera Bridge, a pre-stressed concrete road bridge built in 1953, which was closed in August 2020 following an inspection which identified significant deterioration.

The new Bernera bridge restores a vital permanent transport corridor connecting the two islands across Loch Roag, a fast-flowing inlet of the Atlantic. Unique among modular steel bridges, the Delta™ bridge solution chosen for this project is available in clear spans up to 100 metres, which alleviates the need for intermediate piers. This ensures a quicker installation than other construction methods, and results in less construction taking place in the water, with less potential disturbance or damage to aquatic habitats and local ecology.

Michael Treacy, CEO Mabey Bridge, said,

“The Great Bernera project has been a highlight of our year at Mabey Bridge and we’re delighted to have been able to partner with local companies to serve local communities and restore a vital crossing so close to home."

The opening ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, including The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Mr Norman A MacDonald, and Angus M Gillies, Lead Bridges and Structures Engineer, as well as representatives from various community Groups. The event included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, remarks by officials, and a tour of the new bridge, and was attended by Mabey Bridge’s Katia Waters, Commercial Manager, and John Hinderer, Lead Site Advisor for the Bernera project.

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