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Halkirk Bridge

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Halkirk Bridge
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From:  Thurso
To:  Halkirk
Highway Authority
Opening Date
1731, 1970
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Halkirk Bridge spans the River Thurso at Halkirk, carrying the B874. It is a rather underwhelming steel girder bridge with a single span carrying the two-way road and pavements between concrete panel parapets. It was built in 1970, replacing a much more interesting 18th century crossing. The old bridge was completed in 1731, using money from the will of a local landowner. It had taken 12 years to build, and there are many tales connecting the bridge to the devil, who was blamed for the delay in completing the crossing!

The old bridge consisted of three small stone arches across the river, carrying a level roadway. Old photographs appear to show triangular cutwaters on at least one of the piers. Both piers stood in the river bed.

Halkirk Bridge
Crossings in the county of Caithness
River ThursoBridge of Westerdale • Halkirk Bridge • Thurso Bridge
River Wick & TributariesGreystones Bridge • Bridge of Bilbster • Wick Bridge
North Coast RiversBridge of Isauld • Bridge of Forss • Bridge of Westfield
East Coast RiversBridge of Freswick • Bridge of Wester • Bridge of Occumster • Bridge of Reisgill • Latheron Bridge • Latheronwheel Bridge • Dunbeath Bridge • Berriedale Bridge • Ousdale Bridge

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