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The people of Great Bernera saw a really tangible step today (Tuesday April 20) towards a return to normal life.

It was during August 2020 that an emergency 7.5 tonne weight restriction was first placed on the Bernera Bridge as concern grew about its condition. 

The turf cutting which took place today marks a significant milestone in the provision of a replacement crossing for the residents of Bernera.

The replacement steel trussed bridge structure is being supplied by Mabey Bridge and this will sit on concrete abutments which are part of the civil engineering works already being undertaken by Breedon Hebrides.

Construction work on the revised approaches and abutments will precede the delivery of the bridge elements, which will be assembled on site and “pushed” from the south abutment on the Lewis mainland to the north abutment on the Island of Bernera. 

The installation, scheduled for June, will be an interesting spectacle for engineers and non-engineers alike.

Completion of the crossing is currently scheduled for the end of July 2021, variable dependent on site conditions.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar stated today that it would like to thank the residents of Bernera for their patience, and all those who are helping maintain essential services to the Island during this period of restricted access.