On Saturday 1 September Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network, attended the official opening of Dale Bridge. The bridge is an important crossing point over the River Carron that has been used for 120 years.
Keith Geddes congratulated Communities Along the Caron (CATCA) and Falkirk Council for such a positive initiative and added: “This new bridge will connect communities and provide local people access to a wide variety of local paths and trails. It was great to see so many older people at the opening and some commented that the good news was that many of the paths were suitable for them as they were largely on flat ground.”
The new bridge cost over £170k and was funded thanks to generous support from Falkirk Council, Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER, Central Scotland Green Network and Falkirk Environment Trust
Provost Pat Reid said: “This is an important local footbridge that allows us to connect the communities of Denny, Dunipace, Torwood and Larbert. The new Dale Bridge has improved accessibility and is also higher than the old bridge to ensure there are fewer problems with flooding.
“We’ve worked very closely with the local community on every aspect of the new bridge and their input has been invaluable.”
Falkirk Council has worked in partnership with Communities Along the Carron and the Denny and District Community Council delivering a bridge with ramped access to make it easier for buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs. The new bridge remains a close replica of the old one which served the communities needs for over 120 years and which held fond memories of the many local people who used it!
The new Dale Bridge is a 31.5m single span Vierendeel truss bridge, made in the Republic of Ireland, and installed in a single lift using a 250 tonne crane! It is around one metre higher than the old bridge to meet flood risk requirements.
Falkirk Council managed the demolition of the old bridge and installation on the new one working in partnership with Communities along the Carron Association, Denny and Dunipace Community Council, the Denny and Dunipace Heritage Society, Community Green Initiative and Carronvale Tenants & Residents Association to raise funds for the replacement bridge.