B6357 to be shut for 10 weeks near Bonchester Bridge for repair work

The B6357 road is to be shut midway between Bonchester Bridge and Newcastleton for 10 weeks from later this month for bridge repairs.

By Darin Hutson
Monday, 6th July 2020, 10:58 am
Updated Monday, 6th July 2020, 11:05 am
The turn-off for the B6357 heading for Newcastleton south of Bonchester Bridge.
The turn-off for the B6357 heading for Newcastleton south of Bonchester Bridge.

That road closure is required so the bridge over the Dawston Burn at Saughtree can be fixed after it was left damaged by flooding in February.

Those repairs will get under way on Tuesday, July 21, and are expected to take about 10 weeks to complete.

Once that work is finished, though, three further closures of the Jedburgh-Annan route will follow, two of them nearby and one near Newcastleton.

It’s to be shut fully at Burnmouth Lodge in late September for a week for carriageway repairs, and daytime closures for resurfacing will follow at Riccarton for two weeks in early October and Ralton Bridge for one week later that month. The dates of those works will be confirmed nearer the time.

Resurfacing is also being lined up for North Hermitage Street in Newcastleton, requiring temporary traffic lights to be put in place, after the roadworks at the bridge over the Ralton Burn are finished.

Diversions via the A7 and A6088 will be signposted while the B6357 is closed.

Scottish Borders Council chief executive Tracey Logan said: “It is crucial that we start work to repair Dawston Burn Bridge as soon as we can to safeguard its long term future.

“Following on from that, we’ll see further significant works on the B6357 which will mean we need to have either daytime closures or traffic management in place.

“I realise this will all result in some major disruption to people in Newcastleton and I thank them in advance for their patience and understanding.

“Unfortunately, it is not possible to undertake these works at the same time. They have been programmed to maintain access and avoid properties being cut off.”

“We strongly believe that by carrying out all this work in the coming months, we will avoid future disruption that would otherwise be necessary.

“It will also ensure the road is able to be used by both residents and visitors for years to come.”