Queen’s Bridge remains closed due to high tide expected this afternoon, 6th of December, 2015.
Perth and Kinross Council confirmed the closure was due to a high tide at 1pm.
However, MSP Murdo Fraser was apparently told it was closed due to a large crack found.
Queen's Bridge in Perth closed to all traffic & pedestrians. PC on duty told me a crack had been spotted. If true, very serious news.
— Murdo Fraser (@murdo_fraser) December 6, 2015
Images of the possible fracture have since then circulated on social media with no official confirmation of the situation.
The picture shows the evidence but it is a possibility a crack in the tarmac rather than the actual bridge.
Engineers have started to remove flood barriers from the bridge and should be opened shortly. Please follow our Twitter for instant updates @PerthGazette_
A spokesperson from Police Scotland said: “Scottish Fire and Rescue Service pumps have remained in the Bridge of Earn area overnight, keeping water at a level and transferring excess surface water into the River Earn.
Around 12 properties were affected by localised flooding overnight and water levels are expected to drop after high tide this lunchtime. Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies will remain at Bridge of Earn until the situation stabilises and members of the public with any concerns should contact emergency services. Multiple agencies will also continue to monitor the River Tay in Perth.”
A Perth & Kinross Councils spokeswoman said: “The Queen’s Bridge in Perth – the bridge was closed last night as a result of the flood risk and will re-open this afternoon.
This is as a result of the high tide and the time required to remove the floodgates.
The closure was to ensure that there was no further risk to Perth as a result of the significant rainfall over the weekend.
We can confirm that there is a crack in the road surface on the Queen’s Bridge four metres from the bridge abutment.
The Council has been aware of this for some time and it does not present a risk to public safety.
Our inspection has shown no further deterioration. However, we will carry out a more detailed assessment tomorrow.”
Queen’s Bridge is now open to vehicles and pedestrians.