Major milestone for £50m Haudagain bottleneck
Hot on the heels of the opening of a major stretch of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), local communities and road users will welcome the news that a contractor has been appointed for the Haudagain Improvement scheme.
Farrans Construction has been awarded the construction contract as part of a £49.5m project to deliver improvements to the junction at Haudagain.
Advance work at Haudagain began during the summer, which involved ground investigations, advance utility work and the demolition of 130 properties.
Undertaking the work ahead of the main construction contract being awarded, will provide Farrans Construction with a clear site to begin the task of constructing the new carriageway as quickly as possible.
Time-lapse footage of the demolition work and clearance of the site is available to view.
Upon completion, the improvements will reduce congestion, improve journey time reliability and bring about road safety improvements. The project will also enable improved pedestrian and cycling routes through the local area.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said:
“This marks another significant milestone in delivering improvements for road users in the North-East. Already people are feeling the benefits from the recently opened stretch of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.
"We are delivering on our commitment to improve the roads in the north east of Scotland, having progressed this project concurrently with the AWPR we want to deliver the benefits for road users and communities as soon as possible.”
Farrans Construction will be required to construct approximately 500m of new dual carriageway connecting the A90 North Anderson Drive and the A96 Auchmill Road.
Completion of the AWPR will take traffic away from the streets of Aberdeen and improve air-quality to some 75,000 houses. That, coupled with the removal of the bottleneck roundabout at Haudagain will bring much needed relief for road users and communities in the north-east.
Work is expected to get underway this year with the road expected to open in March 2021 subject to adverse weather conditions.