A90 Southbound at Charleston to close for utility works

The contractor for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project is expecting to close the A90 southbound this weekend for utility works.

To enable the works to proceed safely, the A90 southbound will be subject to a full closure from around 8 PM on Friday February 16, until 6 AM Monday February 19. A number of sign-posted diversions will be in operation throughout this period, during which time the new Charleston Bridge will be closed for use.

Delays are expected. The A90 Southbound closure will have a significant impact on travel in and around the surrounding area and drivers are advised to consider their journey and avoid the A90 and A956 at Charleston, if possible.

A90 northbound - Road users travelling northbound on the A90 will be unaffected by the works, however, road users travelling northbound on the A90 who wish to continue their journey on the A956 eastbound will continue north to the roundabout at the south of the Bridge of Dee where they will be directed to the A956 via Great Southern Road and West Tullos Road.

A90 southbound - Road users travelling southbound on the A90 will be diverted onto the new southbound diverge slip road north of Charleston and will re-join the A90 using the new southbound merge slip road south of Charleston. Road users travelling southbound on the A90 who wish to continue their journey on the A956 eastbound will follow the same diversion and then continue south to Findon Junction where they will be directed to rejoin the A90 travelling northbound and continue to the A956 using the diversion described above.

A956 westbound - Road users travelling westbound on the A956 who wish to continue their journey on the A90 northbound or southbound will be diverted from the A956 to travel south on Wellington Road and Old Stonehaven Road to Findon Junction, where they will be able to join the A90 and continue northbound or southbound as required.

Wellington Road, between the A956 and Old Stonehaven Road - The section of Wellington Road between the A956 and Cove Road (C8K) will only be available in the southbound direction, with no access along this section for northbound traffic. Access from this area to the A90 northbound and southbound will be available via Wellington Road south of Cove Road (C8K), Old Stonehaven Road and Findon Junction.  Access from this area to the A956 will be via the same route and the diversion for the A956 described above.

All works are subject to suitable weather conditions, and may be subject to change at short notice.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said:

“Traffic will be diverted off and back onto the A90 via the slip roads for those travelling south. However, we would like to strongly advise road users that they should only travel via Charleston this weekend if it is absolutely necessary.

"Road users should plan their journey by reviewing the general traffic management information on the AWPR/B-T project site and both the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council websites, as well as observe all road signage. They should also avoid the area and surrounding local roads, if possible, and, where feasible, use alternative modes of transport while this closure is in place.”

Traffic management is subject to change. The works planned for the A90 will only progress if weather conditions are favourable.

When complete, the AWPR/B-T will help to reduce congestion, cut journey times, improve safety and lower pollution in Aberdeen City Centre. It will also enable local authorities to develop public transport solutions.

Over the next three decades, the AWPR/B-T is expected to bring in an additional £6 billion to the north-east economy and create around 14,000 new jobs. Around 1,500 are currently working on the project, including on-the-job training for apprentices and local employment opportunities for long-term unemployed people.

For the latest traffic management information, visit the AWPR/B-T project site.