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Allt Criche Bridge

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Allt Criche Bridge
Drochaid Allt Criche
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Glencoe
To:  Kinlochleven
Location
Kinlochleven
County
Argyll
Highway Authority
Highland
Opening Date
c1918
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Arch Bridge
On road(s)
B863
Crossings related to the B863
The bridge after being partially washed out in 2023

The Allt Criche Bridge carries the B863 (formerly the A82 and originally the A829) across the stream of the same name on the south side of Loch Leven. It was built by prisoners of war in 1918 as part of the new road between Glencoe and Kinlochleven which served the Aluminium Smelter that was built in the years before the war. Indeed, prior to the completion of the road, the new village of Kinlochleven was only connected to the outside world by steamer along the loch, or rough paths and tracks, one of which crossed the infamous Devils Staircase, which was part of the military road built be Major Caulfeild in c1752.

The bridge is much the same as the other bridges along the road, all built as part of the same scheme in 1916-18. What makes it special, however, is that it was seriously damaged by a very localised thundery downpour in summer 2023. This resulted in a powerful spate passing down the stream, stripping the bridge of its two parapets, and seriously undermining the roadway to the west of the bridge. The road was closed for around 6 weeks while the road and bridge were stabilised, and then reopened with a single lane of traffic under signal control. The damage has revealed that while the bridge is entirely faced with stone, and the parapets were also stone, the arch is concrete, as is the core of the structure. Another unusual feature of the structure is that it is wedge shaped in all directions. The downstream face of the bridge is substantial in size, wide and stands high above the river bed, On the upstream side of the bridge, the arch is much lower and there is hardly any stonework either side of the arch before the very steep sides of the stream.





Allt Criche Bridge
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Features of the A82 Corridor
Route HistoryA82Great Western Road • Loch Lomond • Glen Falloch • Srathfillan • Rannoch Moor • Glencoe • Ballachulish - Fort William • Fort William - Fort Augustus • Loch Ness
Associated Routes: A805 • A829 • A876 • A8005 • B810 • B848 • B863 • B8040
CrossingsErskine Bridge • Dumbarton Bridge • Balloch Bridge • Luss Bridge • White Bridge • Ba Bridge • Kingshouse Bridge • The Study • Achnambeithach Bridge • Ballachulish Bridge • Righ Bridge • Corran Ferry • Kiachnish Bridge • Nevis Bridge • Lochybridge • Caledonian Canal Swing Bridges • Invergarry Bridge • Bridge of Oich • Fort Augustus Bridge • Invermoriston Bridge
JunctionsCharing Cross • Anniesland Cross • Kilbowie Roundabout • Old Kilpatrick • Dunglas Roundabout • Dumbarton Fork • Barloan Toll • Lomondgate Roundabout • Renton Junction • Stoneymollan Roundabout • Arden • Tarbet • Crianlarich • Tyndrum • Bridge of Orchy • Glencoe Crossroads • Ballachulish Roundabout • North Ballachulish • Corran Ferry • West End Roundabout • An Aird • Nevis Bridge • Lochybridge • Spean Bridge • Commando Memorial • Invergarry Bridge • Fort Augustus • Invermoriston • Drumnadrochit • Tomnahurich Roundabout • Telford Street Roundabout • Harbour Road Roundabout • Longman Roundabout
DestinationsGlasgow • Clydebank • Erskine Bridge • Dumbarton • Tarbet • Crianlarich • Tyndrum • Fort William • Lochybridge • Spean Bridge • Inverness

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