Aberdeen City Council could face maintenance costs of more than £700,000 a year when two major roads come under its control.
The local authority will be expected to pick up the costs for looking after the detrunked A92 (previously A90) and part of the A96, following the opening of the Aberdeen bypass.
Around 40km of road will pass into the council’s hands from April 1, including Anderson Drive, Stonehaven Road, the Parkway, Auchmill Road and Inverurie Road.
But Aberdeen City Council’s transport spokesman Ross Grant said: “It’s unbelievable that Transport Scotland have known since 2010 the A92 was going to be returned, yet they have still not managed to bring the road up to a suitable standard.
“Every Aberdonian in the city will be rightly outraged this has not been settled before the handover, which is just a matter of days away.
“The council has rightly asked Transport Scotland to provide us with the funds to bring the road up to a suitable standard – after all, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire citizens contributed £150 million to ensure the new AWPR was in perfect condition.”
Talks are under way with Transport Scotland to agree a figure for repairs and outstanding maintenance the council needs to carry out after the roads are handed over.
A report to members of the council’s operational delivery committee said: “Transport Scotland have not supplied the council with an asset plan indicating current condition and asset life for the detrunked section of the road, making it difficult to estimate any required maintenance.”
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The figures in the report estimate that winter maintenance of the two roads would cost the council £75,400 a year, while maintaining traffic lights would set them back £67,000.
Bridge repairs and inspections would also cost an estimated £17,600 and lighting improvements could amount to £200,500.
The committee will be asked to approve the expenditure when they meet on Thursday.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The figure quoted is the council’s annual estimate for ongoing operation of detrunked sections of the A92.
“These costs should not be confused with a one-off detrunking settlement cost, which has been under discussion for some time with both local authorities.
“It should be noted that the local authorities have been aware of their responsibilities for detrunking since the orders were published in 2010.
“Applications for roads maintenance grants are submitted to the Scottish Government directly, as part of the overall local government funding process.
“This is a matter for local authorities to manage under their own governance processes.”