16 Oct 2017
Cllr Allan Henderson, chairman of the local authority’s places committee, walked over the bridge yesterday to signal the latest progress in the £55 million project.
Mr Henderson said:
“It is marvellous to be able to finally do this.”
Plans are under way to find a name for the new bridge and the options will go to a public vote in the autumn.
The West Link is due to open to traffic by December, although a short section of the road east of the river is already open for local access only.
Once completed, it will connect the Ness-side area of the city with Tomnahurich via a new road layout and bridge at Holm Mills. It is designed to reduce city centre traffic congestion.
Phase two of the project will include a second swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal and construction of new golf holes for Torvean Golf Club to accommodate that bridge’s link to the A82. It is scheduled to begin in 2019 for completion in 2020.
The project will enable the development of significant areas for housing and other schemes at Ness-side and Torvean.