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Tarholm Bridge

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Tarholm Bridge
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Tarholm Bridge

Tarholm Bridge carries the B744 across the River Ayr a little to the south west of Annbank. Surprisingly little information seems to be available about the bridge, which appears to consist of a concrete deck inserted into an older structure. Three stone piers stand in the river bed, built of coursed rubble with neatly curved semi circular ends to serve as cutwaters. The abutments match, and are topped with stone wing walls which curve down to the ground at the ends. However, between them is a cast concrete deck structure which, in appearance, dates from the interwar period. Small panelled sections sit above the piers and at the midpoints of each span, those above the piers being slightly larger, with cast baluster sections between, all topped by a continuous concrete beam coping. The result is a rather unusual, but pleasant structure which deserves to be better known.

The roadway across the bridge used to be a narrow S2, but was reduced in width in the 2000s to accommodate a segregated pavement, which forms part of the River Ayr Way, long distance path. This pavement sits behind a metal railing set in bus type kerbstones to prevent any traffic encroachment. Good visibility across the bridge, and low traffic volumes, means that to date no traffic control has been implemented, with vehicles giving way to oncoming traffic.

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Crossings of the River Ayr
Glenbuck Bridge • Wellwood Bridge • Sorn New Bridge • Catrine Bridge • Howford Bridge (Ayrshire) • Stair Bridge • Gadgirth Bridge • Tarholm Bridge • Overmills Bridge • Victoria Bridge (Ayr) • New Bridge (Ayr)

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