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High Bridge of Ken

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High Bridge of Ken
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From:  St Johns Town of Dalry
To:  Carsphairn
nr Shiel Hill
Highway Authority
Dumfries and Galloway
Opening Date
C18th Century
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
High Bridge of Ken

The High Bridge of Ken is a long, narrow twin arch stone bridge which carries the B7000 over the Water of Ken to the south east of Carsphairn. The northern arch spans the deep rock-cut gorge that the river has carved out, while the southern arch acts as a flood arch spanning the rocky river bank. Both arches are of a similar size, but they are separated by an unusually wide central pier, wider than either arch. The bridge is though to be early 18th century in date, and doesn't appear to have ever been widened or rebuilt, although periodic repairs have been carried out, and the parapets appear to have been rebuilt in the past, the coping stones in particular looking like relatively modern replacements. The roadway over the bridge is narrow, only allowing for a single lane of traffic, but there is no suggestion of any restrictions to vehicle size or weight across the structure. The low volume of traffic on the route, and good visibility across the bridge, means that priority signage is not required.

High Bridge of Ken
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