Aberdeen Bypass Beams Set For Delivery (2)

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) works at Craibstone will take another significant step forward over the next two weekends when 20 beams are planned to be delivered to form the AWPR bridge over the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness trunk road.

The beams are planned to be delivered on special abnormal load trucks, which will carry one beam each, between Saturday 2 April and Sunday 3 April and between Saturday 9 April and Sunday 10 April.

Ten 31m beams will be escorted to the site from Loirston by Police Scotland. These beams will be delivered on each Saturday. The remaining beams, which are 21m in length, will be will be delivered unescorted. All the deliveries will take place from 7am onwards.

On Saturday 2 April and Sunday 3 April, the trucks will join Wellington Road from the A90 and turn left onto West Tullos Road; right onto the B9077 and left onto Riverside Drive before turning left onto Holburn Street. At the Bridge of Dee roundabout the vehicles will turn right and continue on the A90 until they reach the Haudagain Roundabout. They will then follow Inverurie Road on the westbound A96 dual carriageway until they reach the site.

On Saturday 9 April and Sunday 10 April, the trucks will follow the route above and then continue along the westbound A96, through the contraflow, until they reach the Blackburn/Clinterty roundabout where they will turn and head back towards Aberdeen for delivery to the eastbound A96 dual carriageway.

The beams will be delivered to the site from the A96 carriageway. The contraflow will enable the trucks to park and lift the beams safely onto the site and will be in operation each weekend.

An AWPR/B-T spokesperson said:

“We are working closely with Police Scotland and the local authorities to minimise any deliveries that these deliveries may bring.

“It is hoped that the deliveries can all be completed on the weekends outlined, but Saturday 16 April has been identified as a back-up should any of the deliveries be affected by matters out with the contractor’s control, such as poor weather.

“Beam deliveries are integral to the project, which will have 75 principal structures, including two river crossings and one railway bridge, and over 70 culverts, and a significant number of these deliveries are expected over the next year or so.

“We would like to thank road users and the local community for their on-going support and patience during the construction work.”

Notes to editors

More information on major traffic management works being undertaken on behalf of the AWPR/B-T can be found on the project site at http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/road/aberdeen-western-peripheral-route/traffic-management

Published 31 Mar 2016