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The Study

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The Study
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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Rannoch Moor
To:  Glen Coe
Glen Coe
Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Opening Date
1930, 2006
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
On road(s)

The Study is a narrow twisting section of the A82, also known as The Gorge, within which lies the Lairig Eilde Bridge over the River Coe. The River is actually crossed three times, albeit the previous two bridges simply allow the road and river to pass through the same space. This section of road was constructed in 1930 to re-route the road away from Telford's Road which still passes (although only passable on foot) around the top of the crags, making a sharp descent to the west.

The old bridge

The original bridge at The Study

The bridge constructed back in 1930 to carry the A82 across the River Coe beneath the Allt Lairig Eilde falls was more like a mini-viaduct than a bridge. It took 3 spans to cross the river, with massive paired piers in the stream, and strange polygonal concrete ribs between the piers to support the roadway above. There was also a fourth span on the east end which simply seems to have been an easier alternative to an embankment, as it appears to be far too high to be a flood arch. The bridge was built on a gentle curve and carried a narrow, but standard for the time, S2 carriageway without any real pedestrian provision, despite the presence of laybys to allow travellers to stop and see the waterfalls.

In other respects, the bridge is similar to the others constructed along the A82 route in the early 1930s. While the single-span structures seem to be holding up well, the multi-span bridges (like Ba Bridge) have been replaced in recent years, so it is unsurprising that the bridge at the Study suffered the same fate.

The new bridge

The new bridge at The Study

In 2005-6 the Lairig Eilde Bridge was completely replaced. This was a mammoth achievement when the narrow confines of the gorge are considered. The new bridge is wider, with an easier curvature and provides additional laybys for viewing the falls, as well as partially segregated pavements and viewing platforms for pedestrians. It is supported by a single concrete drum pier, and the sheer bulk of the curving concrete deck. The road has been partially widened, beyond the bridge itself, as it curves around the cliffs of the narrow gorge, with a new concrete deck cantilevered out over the original retaining wall of the 1930s road.

The construction of this bridge necessitated the installation of a temporary Bailey Bridge to maintain traffic flow during the 18 month long works. This bridge had to be erected on the southern side of the road, and part of the approaches now form the layby and viewing platform. Such was the proximity of the bridge to the falls, that on particularly stormy days the spray formed a curtain across the road, making progress treacherous - even when accepting that it was traffic-light controlled single file running and often with a convoy vehicle!

The Study
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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
CrossingsErskine Bridge • Dumbarton Bridge • Balloch Bridge • Luss Bridge • White Bridge • Ba Bridge • Kingshouse Bridge • The Study • Achnambeithach Bridge • Ballachulish Bridge • Righ Bridge • Corran Ferry • Kiachnish Bridge • Nevis Bridge • Lochybridge • Caledonian Canal Swing Bridges • Invergarry Bridge • Bridge of Oich • Fort Augustus Bridge • Invermoriston Bridge
JunctionsCharing Cross • Anniesland Cross • Kilbowie Roundabout • Old Kilpatrick • Dunglas Roundabout • Dumbarton Fork • Barloan Toll • Lomondgate Roundabout • Renton Junction • Stoneymollan Roundabout • Arden • Tarbet • Crianlarich • Tyndrum • Bridge of Orchy • Glencoe Crossroads • Ballachulish Roundabout • North Ballachulish • Corran Ferry • West End Roundabout • An Aird • Nevis Bridge • Lochybridge • Spean Bridge • Commando Memorial • Invergarry Bridge • Fort Augustus • Invermoriston • Drumnadrochit • Tomnahurich Roundabout • Telford Street Roundabout • Harbour Road Roundabout • Longman Roundabout
DestinationsGlasgow • Clydebank • Erskine Bridge • Dumbarton • Tarbet • Crianlarich • Tyndrum • Fort William • Lochybridge • Spean Bridge • Inverness

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