A north-east councillor is “delighted” with planned works to a roundabout.
Gillian Owen, who represents Ellon and District, welcomed the move to resurface the Ellon South roundabout on the A90.
Roads management firm BEAR Scotland announced the £160,000 work yesterday.
As part of the work, however, diversions have been put in place that could add as much as 14 miles and 25 minutes to journeys.
Northbound drivers are asked to go through Ellon, via the B977, B900, B999 and A920 and southbound drivers are pointed towards the A920, leading to the B999, B900 and B977 going through Foveran.
The road surrounding the roundabout had angered residents and councillors, and calls had been made for improvements to be carried out.
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Work starts on Monday and the road will be closed for five nights from 7.30pm, re-opening at 6.30am each morning. Work will not be carried out on Saturday or Sunday of next week, but will begin again next Monday for two nights and, barring adverse weather, is expected to be completed on March 20.
Mrs Owen said: “I’m delighted that work is beginning on the roundabout. While it will create issues for some people, patience is what we all need to get something that we all deserve.
“The work will give us a smoother road surface.
“Currently, if you go round the roundabout, there are very deep ruts in the road, and your back wheels go because of them.”
Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s north-east representative, said: “This £160,000 project has been designed to improve the general condition and safety of the Ellon South roundabout for motorists. We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these works on the A90.”
Mr Thompson encouraged drivers to plan journeys in advance.