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Invercoe Bridge

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Invercoe Bridge
Drochaid Inbhir Comhainn
Location Map ( geo)
B863 Invercoe Bridge - aerial from west - March 2024.jpg
The new bridge, which opened in 2023
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From:  Glencoe
To:  Kinlochleven
Highway Authority
Opening Date
c1929, 27 April 2023
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete deck on steel beams
On road(s)
Crossings related to the B863

Original Bridge

The original bridge, seen prior to replacement

The original bridge over the River Coe at Invercoe was built in the same style as the Kinlochleven Viaduct, but didn't bear a date. It was constructed from the Mass Concrete that was used on most bridges along the A82 in the 1920s and 1930's. There were four spans across the river, which used all of them at spring high tides.

Before the new Invercoe Bridge was built, the road ran along the southern side of the River Coe, from a junction just east of the Brig O'Coe. This road still exists as an unsurfaced access lane to the houses along it. This old road was the A829, a route diverted along the shore once the bridge was opened. It was not until 1934, some years after the completion of the road around Loch Leven that the A82 was re-routed across Invercoe Bridge. Then, in 1975 with the completion of the Ballachulish Bridge, the A82 returned to its former route (give or take!) and the road around the loch was re-numbered as the B863.

Structural condition

The bridge had been reduced to single lane working

By the 1990s the condition of the structure was known to be deteriorating, an assessment in 1992 found the bridge to have a capacity of 3 tonnes gross vehicle weight, although no weight restriction was imposed at this time. A subsequent assessment in 2014 determined the bridge would have a capacity of 40 tonnes if traffic was reduced to single lane working. In that year the road was reduced in width to a single lane by means of temporary metal barriers, with traffic flow controlled with a priority system, with priority given to southbound traffic. The bridge remained in this condition until its demolition in 2022.

Replacement Bridge

Construction of the new bridge in 2022

Due to the continuing deterioration of the structure the bridge it had been scored as Highland Council's bridge in most need of replacement. A scheme to replace the bridge was approved in the council's capital budget in 2018.

The new bridge will consist of two 30m spans with a central pier in the river, the overall length will be slightly longer than the previous bridge as the south abutment will be moved further back from the low tide river channel.

In November 2021 a contract worth £5.5 million was awarded to Story Contracting to construct the new bridge, with work getting underway on the 13th of December. To facilitate construction of the new bridge traffic was be diverted onto a temporary bridge for the duration, this was installed in early February 2022.

The new bridge was complete and opened to traffic in December 2022, following removal of the temporary bridge, installation of scour protection and environmental works, work on site was completed in spring 2023, with an opening ceremony taking place on the 27th of April.


Invercoe Bridge
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B863 Invercoe Bridge - Site from south west Feb 2022.jpgB863 Invercoe Bridge - Top down aerial - August 2022.jpgB863 Invercoe Bridge - aerial from west - October 2022.jpgB863 Invercoe Bridge - top down aerial - March 2024.jpgB863 Invercoe Bridge - bridge from south west - March 2024.jpg
Features of the A82 Corridor
Route HistoryA82Great Western Road • Loch Lomond • Glen Falloch • Srathfillan • Rannoch Moor • Glencoe • Ballachulish - Fort William • Fort William - Fort Augustus • Loch Ness
Associated Routes: A805 • A829 • A876 • A8005 • B810 • B848 • B863 • B8040
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