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Valleyfield Bridge

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Valleyfield Bridge
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From:  Kincardine
To:  Rosyth
High Valleyfield
Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Opening Date
29 June 1962
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
Length:  93.27m (306 ft 0 in)
Height:  17.07m (56 ft 0 in)
On road(s)
Crossings related to the A985
Valleyfield Bridge from the gulley below

Valleyfield Bridge carries the A985 across the Bluther Burn at High Valleyfield. The A985 is known as a route which runs along the Fife coast, connecting the well-known bridges at Kincardine with those across the Forth at Queensferry. Along the way, it only crosses a handful of water courses of any size, by far the biggest of which is the Bluther Burn which sits deep down in a steep sided wooded gulley immediately to the east of High Valleyfield. When Valleyfield and Newmills were bypassed in 1962, a sizeable bridge was needed to span the whole gulley, carrying the road high overhead. The bridge is a multi span concrete viaduct structure supported by tall legs rising from the valley floor.

The bridge carries a two-lane carriageway between pavements with metal barriers as parapets. The pavement on the north side is very narrow, while that on the south side is considerably wider and protected by an additional set of metal railings on the kerb line. Despite this, there is no onward pedestrian provision at the east end of the bridge. At the south west corner of the bridge, steps lead down from a separate footpath (you have to climb over a low barrier between them) to pass under the bridge and reach the burn far below.

Prior to the construction of the bypass, the A985 followed what is now the B9037 and crossed the Bluther Burn on Newmills Bridge.

Valleyfield Bridge
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