|Location Map ( geo)|
|Friars Bridge, from the West bank of the river|
|Crossings related to the Moray Firth Tourist Route|
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 is believed to have occured shortly after 1988. Maintenance of the bridge is now therefore the responsibility of Transport Scotland.