A temporary road is to be built in a bid to keep heavy goods vehicles constructing the Aberdeen bypass off public roads.
The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) – which is due to be completed by winter 2017 – will run from the A90 at Stonehaven and Charleston in the south to Blackdog in the north.
Concerns have been raised by members of North Kincardine Rural Community Council about the damage construction traffic was causing on the roads and the number of vehicles travelling along them daily.
And a new “haul” road, specifically for the heavy vehicles, is now to be built to combat the problem, similar to elsewhere on the bypass route.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The contractor uses a number of temporary ‘haul’ roads within the site to transport materials along the route of the AWPR/B-T to reduce the need for HGVs to use local roads.”
Aberdeen Roads Limited is also expected to award a contract to a third party who will repair any damage caused to the public roads by construction traffic.
The contractor previously agreed to become responsible for all damage caused to the roads by the AWPR work.
The Transport Scotland spokesman added: “Aberdeen Roads Limited and Aberdeenshire Council agree a number of preferred routes to transport construction material using heavy goods vehicles.
“Aberdeenshire Council is responsible for managing the local roads network within its area.
“We understand that where the contractor is found to be accountable for any repairs required on the local roads network then Aberdeenshire Council will be compensated.
“We also understand that Aberdeen Roads Limited and Aberdeenshire Council are working together to ensure repairs to local roads are carried out promptly.”