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AWPR/B-T Construction Works
All traffic management is planned and coordinated through a Traffic Management Review Panel, chaired by the contractor and attended by Transport Scotland representatives, Traffic Scotland, both local Councils, and Police Scotland.
In addition, Transport Scotland, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council have been working closely with Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) to ensure the safety of road users and the workforce during traffic management, whilst keeping disruption to a minimum.
As the project develops, updates on major temporary traffic management, which will allow the project to be constructed, will be provided - this is updated weekly for the following fortnight. The dates given are as accurate as possible but are subject to change at short notice.
Access to local businesses across the north east will be maintained at all times.
For enquiries relating to traffic management, please contact Aberdeen Roads Limited on 0800 058 8350 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Milltimber: A93/B979 Junction
The new A93 North Deeside Road / B979 Milltimber Brae junction, which involves the installation of permanent traffic signals, is being built to manage future traffic movements in the area and must be in place prior to the AWPR opening to traffic.
As part of these works, the AWPR link road at Milltimber will close temporarily.
When the AWPR opens to traffic, traffic movements are predicted to include a considerable reduction in traffic on the B979 Milltimber Brae south of the A93 North Deeside Road. Also, road users will then be able to use the new link road, north of the A93, to access the new trunk road.
The layout of the A93 North Deeside Road/B979 Milltimber Brae junction was discussed during the Public Local Inquiry held in 2008 along with all the other junctions on the AWPR. Evidence was provided by Transport Scotland, its engineering consultants, community councils and other interested parties.
The use of traffic signals at this junction was progressed after traffic modelling showed this solution predicted the best operational performance following the opening of the AWPR. Other considerations in the design process were road design standards, road safety, environmental impact and cost.
Alternative junction layouts were tested and rejected based on the same considerations.
The use of a temporary roundabout at the A93 North Deeside Road at its junction with the B979 Milltimber Brae was a short-term solution designed to keep traffic moving while major construction works were underway. This solution was suitable for the traffic manoeuvres prior to the opening of the AWPR and before the necessary installation of the traffic signals.
A90 Charleston: Road layout is changing
A new bridge which will form part of the new Charleston Junction is expected to open to eastbound traffic around 8pm on Friday 13 October.
A series of traffic management measures, including sign-posted diversions, will also come into operation around this time to support the operation of new sections of road and to enable works to be completed nearby. Some of these works are weather-dependent and the following dates may therefore be subject to change.
Traffic Management Measures
The following changes to road layout and traffic management measures will bring drivers into close proximity with road workers, so road users should apply more caution than usual when driving through or nearby this section of the A90.
New A956 (Wellington Road) bridge over the A90, from Friday 13 October
The eastbound carriageway of the new Charleston Junction Bridge is expected to open for use around 8pm on Friday 13 October, at which time the current bridge carrying the A956 over the A90 will close permanently.
A90 northbound diverge, from Friday 13 October
The current temporary northbound diverge from the A90 at Charleston is expected to close around 8pm on Friday 13 October, and at the same time the new northbound diverge from the A90 will open for use. Road users leaving the northbound A90 at Charleston Junction will use the new northbound diverge to reach the A956 eastbound via the new Charleston Junction Bridge.
A90 northbound merge, from Friday 13 October for around 6 weeks
The northbound merge from the A956 to the A90 is expected to close around 8pm on Friday 13 October for a period of around six weeks to enable preparation for, and demolition of, the original A956 bridge and completion of the new permanent northbound merge from the A956 to the A90. During this period of closure, road users travelling west on the A956 who wish to continue their journey north on the A90 will be diverted via the A90 southbound merge and the A90 southbound to Findon Junction, where they will be able to join the A90 northbound.
A90 southbound diverge, from Friday 13 October to Monday 16 October
The A90 southbound diverge is expected to close from around 8pm on Friday 13 October to 6am on Monday 16 October to enable completion of the new permanent southbound diverge from the A90. During this period of closure road users travelling south on the A90 who wish to continue their journey east on the A956 will be diverted via the A90 southbound to Findon Junction, the A90 northbound, the new A90 northbound diverge and the new Charleston Junction Bridge to reach the A956 eastbound.
C5K from Friday 13 October
Following the closure of the current temporary A90 northbound diverge, which is expected at around 8pm on Friday 13 October, the C5K is expected to operate in its final intended configuration. In this final configuration, road users on the C5K who wish to travel north or south on the A90 will be able to access the A90 via the C5K to Findon Junction. Road users who wish to travel east on the A956 will be able to access the A956 via the C5K to Findon Junction, the A90 northbound, the new A90 northbound diverge and the new Charleston Junction Bridge. Road users on the A90 northbound or the A90 southbound who wish to travel on the C5K will be able to do so at Findon Junction, and road users travelling west on the A956 who wish to travel on the C5K will be able to do so via the A90 southbound merge and the A90 southbound to Findon Junction.
There is expected to be a short period before the C5K comes into operation in its final form during which time an alternative diversion will be sign-posted and in operation.
Bridge demolition works
During essential works to demolish the current bridge carrying the A956 over the A90 it will be necessary to temporarily close the A90 where it passes beneath the A956. Details of the temporary diversions that will be in operation to enable these demolition works to be carried out will be provided in advance.
These two maps are illustrate the routes of the diversions described above.
Charleston Map 1 shows the diversion that will apply for southbound road users on the A90 during the period that the A90 southbound diverge to the A956 is closed.
Charleston Map 2 shows the diversion that will apply for westbound road users on the A956 who wish to travel north on the A90 during the period that the A90 northbound merge from the A956 is closed, as well as the routes that users of the C5K and the new A90 southbound diverge to the A956 will follow when those routes are brought into operation.
New 3km section of A90 to open between Bridgend and Foveran
Existing A90 to close to B9000 traffic between Newburgh and Pitmedden Road Junctions.
A new road layout will be operating on the A90 between Bridgend and Foveran from week commencing 24 September. Traffic from the existing A90 will be diverted to run on a new 3km section of carriageway, which will become part of the new A90 at this location. This new section of carriageway will provide one lane of traffic in each direction, similar to the existing A90.
The contractor will be closing the existing A90 to traffic to and from the B9000 Newburgh to Pitmedden Road, for around eight weeks. This change to road layout and the road closure will enable the contractor to undertake works on the existing A90, including the construction of a new roundabout and the new A90, which involves the construction of two additional carriageways.
Due to the location of this new section of road and its interface with the existing public road network, there will be a number of diversionary routes in place depending on the road user’s intended direction of travel. All diversions will be sign-posted.
Key diversions include journeys to and from Foveran which are impacted by the rerouting of the existing A90 and also journeys between Newburgh and Pitmedden which are affected by the closure of the B9000 at the east and west junctions with the A90.
Traffic heading for Foveran will be diverted via the A975 and the C11C Mill of Foveran Road
Traffic heading east along the B9000 from Pitmedden to Newburgh will be diverted via the B999 Aberdeen to Tarves Road, the A920 Oldmeldrum to Ellon Road, the B9005 Ellon Road, the A90 southbound and then re-join the B9000 to Newburgh via the new slip road.
Revised diversion - Traffic heading from Newburgh to Pitmedden will be diverted north on the A975 from Newburgh and then onto the Auchmacoy Road, which leads to the A90 near the Ellon Park & Ride. The diversion will then be via the A90 southbound, the B9005 Ellon Road, the A920 Oldmeldrum to Ellon Road,the B999 Aberdeen to Tarves Road and re-join the B9000.
HGVs - Auchmacoy Road is unsuitable for HGVs and therefore a separate diversion is required. HGV drivers are advised to follow the A975 from Newburgh to Cruden Bay where they can re-join the A90.
These changes to road layout and traffic management measures will bring drivers into close proximity with road workers, so road users should apply more caution than usual when driving through or nearby this section of the A90.
A 50mph speed restriction will also be in place on the new section of road between Bridgend and Foveran 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Road users should observe all road signage to enhance their safety, as well as the safety of others. A 40 mph speed restriction has been extended to include the A975/A90 junction at Newburgh.
Access for residents and local businesses within the closed section of old A90 will be maintained via the diversions while the road closures are in place. However it should be noted that through access of the old section of A90 is not available.
A replacement bus service will be provided from Bridgend and Foveran to bus stops at Ellon or Newburgh, where passengers can continue their journeys. Further information on the replacement bus service can be found on the Stagecoach website or by calling the Stagecoach Aberdeen office on 01224 212266.
Additional safety measures for the A90
Average speed cameras are now operational between Blackdog and Balmedie,at Charleston and at Stonehaven. It is expected that these will enhance safety of construction workers and road users, as well as improve safety, traffic flow and journey time reliability.
Aberdeen Roads Limited has been working closely with Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, Police Scotland and the North Safety Camera Unit over the use of average speed cameras.