Lowood Bridge Repair and Strengthening Works

4 June 2018


Lowood Bridge Repair and Strengthening Works

Update No 5, May 2018


The repair and strengthening work at Lowood Bridge continues.  The project is now approaching its final stages and with the temporary scaffolding having been removed works on the bridge deck area can commence.  There are still a number of key tasks to complete, but the project remains on schedule to be complete for the Melrose Festival Week which begins on the 18 June 2018.

Recent Progress

The final areas of stone repair work on the main bridge structure were completed, surfacing work on the Waverley Road / Lowood Road junction was undertaken, the new electrical cabling for the traffic light system upgrade was installed and kerbing work was started at the Gala end of the bridge.  However the main task that was completed during May was the removal of the significant scaffold structure.


Scaffolding Removal

Waverley/Lowood junction surfacing

Stone Repair Work Gala Abutment

Stone Repair Central Pier


Next Steps

Work will now concentrate on the bridge deck with kerbing, drainage and surfacing works to complete.  There is also some stone repair and pointing work to do on the large wingwalls on the Galashiels side of the bridge.  Scour protection works on the central pier will also be undertaken and upgrading works on the traffic light system are to be completed.

Surfacing and white lining is the final element of the works and that is programmed to start w/b 11 June as we head towards the bridge re-opening for the Melrose Festival Week.  A more precise opening date will be announced during that week as the surfacing and lining works are weather susceptible operations.


Scottish Borders Council appreciates that the closure of Lowood Bridge has a significant impact on traffic and pedestrians in the local area.  However, once these essential works are completed, weight restrictions will be removed and the bridge will once again be available for use by all vehicles and pedestrians for many years to come.

The Council would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation during the works and would ask local people and commuters to give themselves a bit extra time for their journeys during the repair and strengthening works.  All local business in the area remain open for business.

Updates will continue to be provided at the dedicated webpage www.scotborders.gov.uk/lowoodbridge.