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The temporary closure of a bridge in the Scottish Borders means some residents in Borthwick Valley will have to travel 60 miles to do a journey that would usually be around five miles long.
Martin's Bridge will close for 10 weeks in April, but it is the only access to and from Hawick and villages in the valley.
Farmers and horse owners say it will affect them, as large vehicles will struggle to travel along the diverted route on the B711 via Selkirk.
Work has started on strengthening and refurbishing Martin's Bridge in the Scottish Borders.
The work is aimed at helping to maintain the bridge's structural strength for years to come, and the improvements will allow heavier vehicles to cross the bridge, including the large lorries taking equipment to the new Langhope Rig wind farm.
Two water diversions will be put in place on Monday (18th March), with the works due to be completed in around four weeks.