Future start to north-east road work welcomed
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Remedial work on the A90 section between Ellon and Tipperty/Bridgend which is now under way will see improvements to the route.
Local councillor Gillian Owen said: “Many residents together with myself, have been badgering Bear Scotland and Aberdeen Roads to make good the road surface on this section of road.
"Once the AWPR opened all road users could tell that the surface had deteriorated with the constant use of HGVs providing the material to build the new road.
"It was definitely a case of bump, bump, bump travelling either way on the road.”
She continued: “I have been checking with a contact at Bear to see when these essential works would be carried out, I thought like many that Covid may have put paid to these planned works this year.
"I was pleased when I received an email from Bear to say that works would be going ahead as scheduled.
"My source said - "We have a scheme to resurface this area which is being designed/discussed at present with Transport Scotland.
"Originally it was being looked at as a crack and seat scheme however due to information found in the investigation this does not look the most appropriate solution for this section of road and is looking to need a full reconstruction which is a large amount of work and will require works being on 24 hours a day.
"I will keep you up to date when this is to be undertaken.
"It was originally on for the week commencing September 14 however due to the increase in the works and approvals we have held off discussing this with affected bodies until we had a better understanding of the implications, timescales.’
"Obviously because it has now been left so long the job is much bigger than anyone thought."
Councillor Owen continued: “Then I received a further update - 'We have had a further look at the designs along with Breedon Aggregates and we may be able to open the road to two way traffic, all be it with
management along the centerline if we can adjust the layer depths.
"So hopefully we may not be causing such traffic disruption as first thought.
"If we can open it up to two-way traffic during the day we may be able to continue with week commencing September 14 but it may be pushed back a week or two just to give time to put out information to the drivers on this route and consult with haulers and bus operators.
"We do not want to leave it much later for the weather to break and start having weather issues / delays."
She said: "As you can imagine I’m so pleased that this is going ahead as the surface already needs more work and left any longer who knows what state it will end up.”
In conclusion Gillian added, “I want to thank Bear Scotland and Aberdeen Roads for starting this project the residents of Ellon will be delighted with this result, although it will mean a little disruption but as with all the things the end result will be worth it. I have also drawn to Bear Scotland’s attention the surface of the Park and Ride roundabout going both north and south the surface of the A90 is rapidly deteriorating and they responded, actually I can advise that the roundabout is subject to some remedial works to be undertaken by Breedon and would suggest that this will be undertaken at the same time as the works North of the roundabout.
"Bear have come up trumps for the local people ensuring our section of the A90 will be fit for purpose."