Wills Bros awarded Naver Bridge replacement contract

WILLS Bros Civil Engineering has been appointed by The Highland Council to deliver the Naver Bridge replacement project.

Set-up works will start later this summer. The project is required to replace the aged single track wrought iron plate girder bridge over the River Naver, South of Bettyhill. The road forms part of the North Coast 500 route.

The new 65m-long pre-stressed concrete bridge will be constructed immediately upstream of the existing bridge and includes realignment of the approach roads. The scheme will in total provide 450m of new road upgraded to single carriageway.

Councillor Ken Gowans, chair of The Highland Council’s economy and infrastructure committee, said, “The bridge carries the A836 Tongue to Thurso road over the River Naver, near Bettyhill and is a vital transport link for not only the local community and businesses but also the many businesses who visit to the area. This is a major north coast infrastructure project, and is a significant part of our 6,700km Highland road network.”

The new bridge is expected to be complete in the autumn of next year to allow demolition and removal of the existing bridge structure in winter 25/26.