Further progress has been made on the multi-million pound Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), with the opening of a new grade-separated junction which has been built as part of the project.
The junction will be beneficial for road users and businesses that need to use this road as a gateway to the city of Aberdeen, as access to the A90, Balmedie and the B977 Echt to Balmedie Road will both be improved.
Health and safety, which is the key consideration on any infrastructure project of this type, will be enhanced thanks to the removal of requirements to undertake right hand turns on this particular section of trunk road.
Before the Balmedie junction opens to the public, a series of finishing works and removal of temporary barriers will be undertaken; with the use of this new junction, the existing one to the north will close as part of the plans previously published.
A spokesperson for Transport for Scotland explained the benefits of the over-arching scheme, which is expected to be completed this autumn, and said this new junction gives a flavour of what road users can expect.
“A number of side roads and bridges built as part of the project have already opened in advance of the new trunk road and, where practical, we will continue to seek other opportunities to bring forward the remaining sections and new side roads of the project at the earliest opportunity.
“When it opens, this new grade-separated junction will provide road users with a taste of what can be expected from the new trunk road as and when it opens to traffic. For instance, journeys will be safer because there is no longer a requirement to turn right across oncoming traffic.”
It is further progress for an extremely important scheme that is expected to cost more than £700 million, and has been the subject of uncertainty after Carillion’s collapse. Balfour Beatty’s commitment to a previous joint venture to ensure this important road is built keeps it on track for autumn.