|Location Map ( geo)|
|Crossings related to the B861|
Ness Bridge crosses the River Ness in Inverness. The current bridge opened on 28th September 1961 to carry the A9 across the river in the centre of the town. This replaced a suspension bridge which stood on the site from 1855 to 1959, a temporary structure slightly upstream from this location was used while the current bridge was constructed.
In 1982 the A9 was rerouted to bypass Inverness to the East via the newly constructed Kessock Bridge and a new route across the Black Isle, as such the A82 was extended through the town from its previous terminus on the A9 just West of the Ness Bridge to meet the A9 to the East of the town. This meant the Ness Bridge became the A82.
In 1986 a further crossing of the Ness, Friar's Bridge was constructed downstream of the Ness Bridge to relieve congestion in the town, further construction of connecting routes in subsequent years allowed the A82 to be rerouted on this new crossing which resulted in the Ness Bridge being classified to its current B861 status.
The bridge carries four lanes of traffic on a single carriageway road and has junctions controlled by traffic signals at either end.