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Road surfacing improvements will close westbound section of A96

By Kyle Ritchie

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Road surfacing improvements for the westbound section of the A96 worth £425,000 will get under way from Friday, November 26, at 7.30pm.

The work will address defects in the road surface between Kintore and Thainstone roundabout, creating a safer and smoother route for motorists.

The project is scheduled to begin on Friday, November 26 at 7.30pm and is planned to take place over three days with operations programmed consecutively where possible to minimise the duration. All works are expected to be completed by 6.30am on Monday, November 29, subject to weather conditions.

BEAR Scotland has announced the work for the westbound section of the A96.
BEAR Scotland has announced the work for the westbound section of the A96.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, a road closure will be in place on the westbound carriageway between Tavelty and Thainstone roundabout.

Motorists will be diverted from the A96 at Broomhill Roundabout along the B987 towards Kintore, before travelling along the B994 towards Kemnay, then onto the B993 to Port Elphinstone roundabout.

The A96 Tavelty and the A96 Kintore on-slips will also be closed with signed diversion routes in place to guide motorists. Local access will be maintained to Tavelty and Clovenstone.

Consultation has taken place with all relevant stakeholders in advance of the resurfacing improvements to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements.

Commenting on the improvements, Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s North East Unit representative, said: “This £425,000 investment from Transport Scotland will greatly improve and strengthen this section of the A96, as well as create a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

“Due to the nature of the works, the road closure on the westbound carriageway is essential for ensuring the safety of roadworkers and motorists.

"However, we have planned for operations to take place consecutively where possible over one weekend to complete the scheme as quickly and as safely as we can to minimise disruption.

“We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential improvements on the A96.

"We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date traffic information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or via the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org

All waste materials and spoil resulting from these road works will be re-cycled in accordance with Scottish Environment Project Agency (SEPA) policies and procedures.

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