The new Lairig Elide Bridge opened to two-way traffic yesterday evening, providing a new route through Glencoe to the Western Isles and Highlands.
The new £5.3M bridge replaces the previous structure, built in the 1930s to carry traffic across the River Coe on the A82 into the entrance of Glencoe.The old bridge was deemed too costly to repair. Tavish Scott, Scottish Minister for Transport said, 'This work has ensured future access to areas of historic, environmental and cultural interest for visitors to one of Scotland's most dramatic locations. It also provides a much-needed upgrade on what is a vital link road for local communities.'The Lairig Eilde Bridge is the first in a £12M series of 11 bridges through Rannoch Moor and Glencoe that will be either replaced or strengthened.