The Aberdeen bypass project will be opened in the spring, a senior politician has said.
Doubts had been raised about the progress of the AWPR since the collapse of Carillion – one of the companies tasked with spearheading the scheme.
In the Scottish Parliament yesterday, North-east MSP Lewis Macdonald asked economy secretary Kevin Brown when he anticipated the AWPR to be fully open.
Mr Brown replied: “I have previously stated the intention to open the AWPR this spring and, on a recent site visit, I saw work has been progressing in recent months and the new road is now clearly visible to local communities.
“However, it is becoming apparent that Carillion’s announcement may have some impact on this programme indirectly through the effect on the supply chain and we are working closely with Aberdeen Roads Limited to mitigate those impacts where we can.”
Mr Brown added that weather might also have an impact on progress and said efforts are being made to open sections of the project as soon as it is safe to do so.
Afterwards, Mr Macdonald said: “This commitment from the Scottish Government the AWPR is still due to be operational in spring is welcome, but drivers will quite rightly expect this means the whole route will be fully open before the start of the summer.”