Aberdeen road to reopen after road-widening works

A popular Aberdeen commuter road is set to reopen on Friday, following a three-week closure.

A section of the Coast Road was temporarily closed between Hareness Road and Doonies Farm for road-widening works as part of the £350 million expansion of Aberdeen Harbour.

The temporary closure was put in place on Friday, February 10, and it was initially planned for construction to be complete and to have the road open again by Monday of this week.

The reopening was delayed until Aberdeen City Council carried out an inspection and gave approval. It is now scheduled to open on Friday.

Community engagement manager for the Nigg Harbour project Jane McRobbie gave a statement on behalf of contractor Dragados saying construction had finished yesterday.

She said: “The road section will be subject to a final inspection by Aberdeen City Council which is expected to take place on Thursday, March 2. Subject to approvals, Aberdeen City Council has advised the road should be reopened on March 3 at 6pm.

“We apologise for any disruption this may have caused road users and will update all parties as soon as approval to reopen is granted.”

Plans for expansion at the Bay of Nigg were officially sanctioned by Aberdeen Harbour board at the end of last year.

The widening of the Coast Road is considered a vital aspect of the overall project.

The road strengthening and land-based construction is being funded with £25m of government funding, £12.5m from the Scottish Government and £12.5 from the UK Government.

The construction of the breakwater is set to begin in May, with a target set for completion of the entire project by June 2020.

This comes despite a petition started by a residents’ group Bay of Nigg, Torry: Our Concerns which raised concerns the harbour project would lead to hundreds of HGV movements every day.

An independent study, commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, estimated the development will generate an additional £1 billion per annum to the economy by 2035.