WEIGHT restrictions on a Borders bridge have been lifted the completion of repair works.

BEAR Scotland announced last week that a temporary weight limit would be enforced on Westwater Bridge on the A702 south of West Linton due to scour damage on the bridge's foundations.

The 7.5t weight limit was in place to allow workers to pour concrete into the void below the foundations on Friday, January 20.

Following the works, the structure has been restored to its former weight carrying capacity.

However, traffic crossing the bridge will remain restricted to a single lane controlled by temporary traffic lights until February 10.

Over the next two weeks BEAR Scotland will complete further works to place rock material around the structure to temporarily protect it and the river banks.

Later this year workers will return to the site to complete a permanent river diversion, scour protection, masonry repairs and safety barrier improvements.

Chris Tracey, BEAR Scotland’s South East Unit bridges manager, said: “We are pleased to have completed the challenging task of repairing the significant scour damage caused to this structure and to have removed the structural concerns associated with this so quickly.

“We thank motorists and residents for their patience and understanding during this period, particularly when the road had to be fully closed for a few hours to allow concrete to be pumped down to the foundations from road level.”

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up-to-date travel information.