Dornoch Bridge upgrade on track for spring completion

Photo: Gary Henderson/Flickr

A £1 million project to upgrade the A9 Dornoch Bridge has reached the halfway point with work to one side of the bridge now complete.

The Dornoch Bridge, which stretches for 892 metres and was originally opened in 1991 by the Queen Mother, carries traffic and pedestrians between Tain and Dornoch over the Dornoch Firth.

However, after a quarter of a century, the bridge needs some TLC and the ongoing upgrades will replace the existing parapets along the length of both sides of Dornoch Bridge with new steel parapets, helping to ensure the bridge remains in a safe standard for the foreseeable future.

Works have been ongoing since early October and are expected to be completed by spring next year.

With the west side of the parapets upgraded, teams are now turning their attention to the second phase of the project, which will address the east side of the near-900-metre structure.


The parapet replacements works are being carried out behind a temporary safety barrier next to the carriageway to protect both road workers and motorists.

The road had to be closed on Sunday evening (December 17th) from 7pm through to 7am to reset the temporary barrier along the east side of the bridge.  

Both lanes of the A9 will continue to remain open throughout the majority of the bridge improvements, with a temporary speed limit of 30mph in place as the width of the road will be narrowed.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative, said: “The £1 million parapet upgrades on Dornoch Bridge are progressing well, and our teams are now preparing for Phase Two on the east side of the structure.

“We thank road users for their patience and encourage them to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “It has taken workers barely three months to reach halfway, so the project is right on track for a spring completion.”

Photo: Gary Henderson/Flickr