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Conon Bridge

One of two road bridges crossing the River Conon between the settlements of Maryburgh and Conon Bridge linking the Black Isle with Easter Ross, this Conon Bridge was built in 1969 to carry the A9 Trunk Road, replacing the original bridge of 1806-09 by the noted engineer Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834). This three-span steel girder bridge has a concrete deck and aluminium parapets. It was built by Ross and Cromarty County Council on behalf of the Scottish Development Department. Designed by James Arrol, the County Surveyor, it was built by Wm. Tawse Ltd. of Aberdeen. The bridge was opened by Lord Hughes, Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland on 30th May 1969. A new Conon Bridge was built in the 1980s to the northeast, and this bridge now carries the A862 road. The A9 now crosses over the Cromarty Bridge, 4½ miles (7 km) to the northeast.

Telford's bridge had five arches. Although Telford's bridge was demolished, its handsome octagonal two-storey tollhouse survives at the end of Wrightfield Park, 100m (320 feet) downstream of the northern landfall of this replacement bridge.


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