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Borgie Bridge

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Borgie Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
The old Borgie Bridge - Geograph - 5045906.jpg
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County
Sutherland
Highway Authority
Highland
Opening Date
1830
Additional Information
List No:  LB18451  (Cat B)
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
A836
Crossings related to the A836
The old and new bridges

Borgie Bridge on the A836 between Bettyhill and Tongue crosses the River Borgie. A junction with the C1007 is immediately west of the river.

The original bridge is a stone bridge of two arches believed to have been built around 1830, and described as a parliamentary bridge. However, the date is after Thomas Telford had ceased to be heavily involved in the early work of the Highland Roads and Bridges commission, suggesting that it is the work of his successor, Joseph Mitchell. There are a number of similarities, however, between the bridge and Telford's designs, which continued to be used across the Higlands through the 19th Century, including the parapets and the slight battering of the abutments. A triangular cutwater protects the pier in the river, although it only rises half way up the arches. It has been a category B listed structure since 1971.


The New Bridge

The alignment of the new bridge

A newer bridge stands immediately upstream of the old bridge, which carries an S2 roadway, without pavements, on a better alignment than the old bridge. It has a concrete deck with four stone piers standing in the river bed and five spans topped by stone parapets. Although all of the piers stand in the river, the two end spans largely cross the river banks, acting primarily as flood arches. The bridge was completed in 1956 per the 1956 Scottish Roads Report.




Borgie Bridge
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Road junction by Borgie Bridge - Geograph - 496421.jpgThe old Borgie Bridge - Geograph - 5045906.jpgOld Borgie Bridge - Geograph - 2494084.jpgBorgie-br1.jpgBorgie-br2.jpg


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