Scotland’s roadworks tsar is to keep an eye on the building of the AWPR after complaints of damage to local routes.
Angus Carmichael asked a member of his team to investigate reports of works traffic ignoring agreements to stay off some roads.
The Scottish roadworks commissioner said: “My representative met with the roads authority and contractors at their weekly traffic management working group to discuss the situation and encourage greater attention to the detail of their traffic management plan.”
He said the co-ordination of works was “initially a matter for the roads authority” but added: “I have noted the findings of my representative and will continue to monitor this situation.”
Professor Anthony Hawkins, who lives in Blairs, contacted the commissioner and showed an officer the impact, including a build up of silt and gravel on surfaces.
He said: “He also noted the very poor state of the verges and drainage ditches, and the many potholes, caused by the heavy construction vehicles having to negotiate our narrow roads.”
The AWPR – due to open at the end of 2017 – will link with the A90 at Stonehaven and Charleston south of Aberdeen and Blackdog to the north.
Transport Scotland has pledged to work with its contractor to make sure any construction impacts “are minimised”.
A spokesman said: “The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty contractor and local authorities agreed a number of preferred routes for construction traffic in advance of works starting.
“These routes are planned to minimise the impact wherever possible.
“The contractor meets with the local authorities regularly to discuss these preferred routes and make changes, where appropriate. Once the AWPR/B-T opens, traffic on these local routes adjacent to the AWPR/B-T will reduce significantly.”