Final plans to tackle the North-east’s worst bottleneck can today be revealed.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said he was pleased to be able to publish the orders for the Haudagain scheme, which confirm the line of the route.
Provided there is no legal challenge, Mr Yousaf said, the orders complete the statutory process for the scheme and construction work is still on track to start at the end of this year, following completion of the AWPR.
He said: “For years drivers in the North-east have endured tailbacks and delays at the A90/A96 Haudagain roundabout.
“We have been unwavering in our commitment to improve traffic at the Haudagain roundabout to provide much needed relief to drivers and communities in the area and find a solution to this long-standing bottleneck.
“We have said all along we want to be ready to hit the ground running and start work at Haudagain once the AWPR is complete, currently scheduled to open in winter 2017/18, and today’s announcement means we remain on target to do this.”
A Transport Scotland spokeswoman added there had been minor changes to the plans but no new Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) would be needed.
Current CPOs will be open to challenge by the public for six weeks from today and, if there are no objections, be completed as early as spring.
Aberdeen City Council transport and regeneration spokesman Ross Grant said progress on the scheme was good news and added the council was in negotiations over CPOs and funding to build more homes.
He said: “This is an important piece in the puzzle to meet the transport needs of the city. We’ve been asking the Scottish Government to come forward with a scheme for some considerable time now, so I am delighted final plans are now in place.
“This will come on top of the AWPR, which Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Councils have contributed £75 million to, and our work on the Berryden Corridor and the Third Don Crossing.”