Balloch Bridge

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Balloch Bridge
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From: Balloch
To: Levenvale
Location
Balloch
County
Dunbartonshire
Highway Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Opening Date
1841, 1887, 1935, 2004
On road(s)
A811
Crossings related to the A811
Drymen Bridge • Erskine Bridge

History

For centuries, Balloch has been the northern crossing point of the River Leven, set at the southern end of Loch Lomond. A ferry is known to have plied across the river in medieval times, but by the mid nineteenth century, it became increasingly important that a bridge be built to take some of the strain from the main crossing at Dumbarton.

Balloch Bridge

Situated at the historic crossing point of the River Leven, this five-span plate-girder and lattice-truss bridge was opened in 1887, replacing an earlier suspension bridge dating from 1841. The older bridge had been one of James Dredges Suspension Bridges, but for whatever reason did not last as long as many of his other bridges. Balloch Bridge was substantially rebuilt in 2004, with the deck completely replaced with a modern concrete unit, resting on the original sandstone piers.

When the roads were first allocated numbers in 1922, the bridge became part of the short route of the A813, and this continued until the new Lomond Bridge was built to the south in 1934. However, it was probably in the following year, 1935, that the route was moved and the road crossing via Balloch Bridge was downgraded to Class II status, as the B854 (since declassified).

Lomond Bridge

Lomond Bridge

The Lomond Bridge was built in 1935 to supplement the older bridge to the north, and take traffic away from the busier tourist area at the south end of Loch Lomond. It consists of 3 spans of plate girders, supported on stone piers, with a concrete deck carrying the wide road and pavements. Since the construction of the Alexandria Bypass and the rerouting of the A811 to the Balloch Roundabout, this road has crossed the River Leven on the newer Lomond Bridge. Before that, it was the new crossing for the A813, replacing the old Balloch Bridge.



Balloch Bridge
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Crossings of the River Leven, Endrick Water & Loch Lomond Tributaries
River LevenBalloch Bridge • Bonhill Bridge • Dumbarton Bypass Bridge • Artizan Bridge • Dumbarton Bridge
Loch LomondInverbeg Bridge • Luss Bridge
Endrick WaterGartcarron Bridge • Low Bridge (Fintry) • Fintry Bridge • Honeyholm Bridge • Endrick Bridge • Ballochruin Bridge • Killearn Bridge • Drymen Bridge
Blane WaterBlane Bridge