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Friars Bridge

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Friars' Bridge
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Friars Bridge, from the West bank of the river
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Transport Scotland
Edmund Nuttall Ltd.
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Crossings related to the Moray Firth Tourist Route

Friars' Bridge is where the A82 crosses the River Ness in Inverness on the Inverness Relief Road. The bridge was opened on 23rd December 1986 and was Stage 1 of the Relief Road.

Friars Bridge


The bridge carries a dual two lane road and footways; the bridge approaches lead to the Telford Street Roundabout to the West and the Shore Street Roundabout to the East. It consists of 3 concrete spans, between 2 piers set into the river. The central span has a shallow arch, while the two flanking spans are even flatter.

The bridge was constructed by Highland Regional Council to provide a third crossing of the River Ness within the town to relieve traffic from the other busy routes across the river, and was initially unclassified, despite being a dual carriageway. Subsequent road improvements and new sections of road to the East of the river allowed a re-routing of the A82 through the city (which previously crossed the river on the Ness Bridge) via the Friar's Bridge and the road was trunked. This occurred when Stage 2 of the Relief Road to Longman Roundabout opened on 10 July 1989. Maintenance of the bridge is now therefore the responsibility of Transport Scotland.

It was designed by JMP Consultants Ltd, formerly Jamieson, Mackay and Partners..

The opening

The bridge was opened by John Young, Chairman of Highland Region road and transport committee. He was accompanied by Flora Jenner and Ruth Gow who cut the tapes at the bridge. They lived close to the bridge in historical houses. Former world piping champion Willie MacDonald played at the opening. It was the third time that he had composed a tune for a bridge opening since he had also composed tunes for the openings of Ness Bridge and Kessock Bridge. He led the procession of cars over the new bridge.

Friars Bridge
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Crossings of the Rivers Ness, Moriston, Oich & Garry
River Ness & Loch Ness tributariesArdachy Bridge • Bridge of Tarff • Allt Doe Bridge • White Bridge • Lower Foyers Bridge • Inverfarigaig Bridge • Divach Bridge • Borlum Bridge • White Bridge • Shenval Bridge • Drumnadrochit Bridge • Dochfour Causeway • Ness Bridge • Friars Bridge • Waterloo Bridge • Kessock Bridge
River MoristonLoch Loyne Bridge • River Loyne Bridge • Cluanie Bridge • Moriston Bridge • Ceannacroc Bridge • Torgoyle Bridge • Invermoriston Bridge
Rivers Oich and GarryLoch Quioch Bridge • Invergarry Bridge • Bridge of Oich • Fort Augustus Bridge

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