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Duartmore Bridge

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Duartmore Bridge
Drochaid Dubhaid Mor
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From:  Unapool
To:  Scourie
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Crossings related to the A894
Crossings related to the North and West Highlands Route

The Duartmore Bridge used by the A894 today was built in 1979 as part of a significant upgrade of the route. It straightlined nearly a mile of the meandering old road, which crossed the old Duartmore Bridge which still stands about 300m upstream.

The Old Bridge

The old bridge

The road to the old bridge drops down through the forest, past a lone cottage to the bridge. This is a single stone arch across the river, of unknown date although late 19th Century in appearance. The road beyond climbs steeply up the hill, before meandering across the landscape to rejoin the modern alignment beyond Loch a'Minidh. Along the way, a number of old passing place signs remain, despite it being over 30 years since the road was last in use.

The New Bridge

The embanked A894 dropping to the new bridge

Built in 1979, the new bridge spans a much wider channel, more a loch than a river at this point. As such, the southern approach is slightly causewayed to minimise the span of the bridge. The bridge is then a single span structure, with a concrete deck supported by steel girders, leading to a large ramped embankment climbing up the steepest side of the valley to the hillside above, where it can find a level to curve around the contours.

Duartmore Bridge
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