Calls for clarity over repairs to Aberdeen bypass bridge

AWPR bosses have been asked to reveal the programme of remedial works still needed on the route.

North-east politician Lewis Macdonald has written to Transport Scotland’s director of major infrastructure projects over concerns about delays and ongoing repair work to the new A90 bridge over the River Don.

In a letter the Labour MSP said: “I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have raised their concerns about the lack of clarity as to when the project as a whole will be completed.

“Information, which is now in the public domain, confirms that the hold-up is at the bridge over the River Don, where remedial works are currently taking place.

“I would be grateful if you could now publish the programme for those remedial works as provided to you by Aberdeen Roads Limited.

“While I understand that you may not be able to provide a completion date, sharing the programme of works would at least give some indication as to the likely schedule and provide greater transparency.”

Earlier this week the Evening Express took to the skies to reveal the true state of the bypass, with our images of the new bridge prompting fears the £745 million road will not fully open until next year.

Our video also showed the pristine road on the southern section, which remains unopen.

The Evening Express revealed in August that repairs were needed to the bridge.

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With two tower cranes continuing to loom over the key link, it is understood various works – including waterproofing, surfacing, work to the bridge parapets, cabling and lighting – still need to be undertaken.

However, Transport Scotland has continued to state the road will open in “late autumn”.

A spokesperson added: “Transport Scotland will respond to Mr Macdonald in due course. We have always been transparent about the opening.

“In April 2018, the former Economy Secretary Keith Brown wrote to MSPs announcing the project would open in late autumn, and the contractor remains on target.”