Milltimber temporary road closures leading to bridge opening

Upcoming road closures on the A93 and B979 at Milltimber are expected to result in the North Deeside Road Bridge opening permanently to road users in July, as part of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty project.

Opening the new North Deeside Road Bridge to road users will allow the contractor to excavate the temporary road and remove any superfluous earthworks in this area.

Friday 30 June – Monday 3 July

From 8pm on Friday 30 June until 6am on Monday 3 July, the B979 at Milltimber Brae will be closed for utility works. The A93 will be open as normal.

Diversions will be sign-posted. Road users travelling south should use the A93 North Deeside Road and turn right onto South Anderson Drive. They should then continue over the Bridge of Dee and turn right onto the B9077 (Leggart Terrace/South Deeside Road). Local access will be available to the B979 from the south via the B9077. Those road users who are continuing southwards on the B979 Netherley Road, will be able to continue as normal from that point. For those travelling north, the reverse journey will be required.

Due to overhead clearance?, HGVs are not permitted to use the Bridge of Dee and those travelling south should instead follow the signed alternative route via Holburn Street, Riverside Drive and Great Southern Road. The reverse journey is necessary for those travelling north.

Friday 7 July – Monday 10 July and Friday 14 July – Monday 17 July

From 8pm on Friday 7 July until 6am on Monday 10 July and from 8pm on Friday 14 July until 6am on Monday 17 July, the A93 at Milltimber Brae will be closed to connect the new North Deeside Road Bridge with the existing A93.

Diversions will be sign-posted. Road users travelling eastbound along the A93 North Deeside Road will turn right at the B979 Milltimber Brae Road, then turn left across the new Milltimber Brae Bridge and continue up Milltimber Brae to re-join the A93 North Deeside Road. The reverse journey will be used for those travelling west.

Access for local residents, businesses, cyclists, pedestrians and emergency services will be maintained throughout these road closures. Users of the Deeside Way will also be unaffected by these closures.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said:

“As announced last year, various side roads and structures along the AWPR/B-T route are opening in advance of the new trunk road and those who use the A93 will be amongst the first to benefit from the project.

“The contractor is aiming to open the new bridge on North Deeside Road as soon as possible after these significant works are complete. He is targeting late,  July, but achieving  this will be largely dependent on weather conditions.

“Once the new bridge opens, we would like to encourage road users to exercise more caution than usual in this area until they become accustomed to the changes in road layout.

“We would also like to remind all road users that works are continuing in this area and therefore some traffic management measures are still in place to enhance the safety of the local community, road workers and road users and should be obeyed.”

Further details on upcoming period of traffic management can be found at