A community leader today said one of the options to target an Aberdeen congestion blackspot would be an “absolute no-go.”
As reported in later editions of yesterday’s Evening Express, Aberdeen City Council has revealed artist’s impressions of two bridge designs that it’s hoped will alleviate congestion around the area.
Inchgarth Community Centre chairman Paul O’Connor said residents would “strongly object” to one of the options which involves a new crossing on to Garthdee Road.
Kincorth Community Council chairman Graham Bennett said that the Garthdee option would create a “bottleneck”.
One option would see a dual carriageway link road leave the A90 Aberdeen to Stonehaven road, opposite Nigg Way, and cross the Dee just west of Leggart Terrace.
The existing bridge would remain open to traffic and a new crossing for cyclists and pedestrians would be built immediately upstream.
Under this option, improvements are also proposed on Garthdee Road to allow two lanes in each direction and the widening of the existing Bridge of Dee road to allow HGVs and public transport to use the route.
Another option contains all the elements above with the addition of a new link road between Inchgarth Road and the A93 North Deeside Road.
A third option would see a new adjacent crossing replace the Bridge of Dee with a dual three-lane crossing.
While the proposed link road from the A90 Stonehaven to Aberdeen road would become a single carriageway and stop at Leggart Terrace rather than cross the Dee.
Under this option the existing Bridge of Dee would become a dedicated crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.
Mr O’Connor said the option to build a new link road crossing over the Dee and into Garthdee would be an “absolute no-go” for the entire community of Garthdee.
“It’s also a no-go for Robert Gordon University (RGU), the ski centre and the residents.
“Everybody objects to the option that involves coming along the periphery of the RGU building.”
Mr O’Connor said the most logical option is to build alongside the existing bridge and said it is “not feasible” to have more traffic using Garthdee Road.
He added: “Our community is chock a block and growing all the time and the pressure must be taken away. We will strongly object en masse should anyone approve anything other than a bridge alongside the existing bridge.”
Mr Bennett said he is in favour of a new bridge being built for traffic.
He added: “In my opinion it needs a new bridge.
“The Bridge of Dee is a very old and it was built for horse and cart and it needs a dual carriageway.
“When I first saw the options I saw one that went through Garthdee. That would just create a bottleneck.”
But Mr Bennett said improvements to the bridge have been needed “for years”.
He added: “But it’s a very old bridge and I wouldn’t like it to be taken down. I would be in favour of the old bridge being open to cyclists, joggers and walkers.”
Aberdeen City Council transport and regeneration spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said he would encourage as many people as possible to engage in the consultation.
He added: “It’s an important challenge that we need to address for commuters coming from the south. If people have a view on these options they need to feed into the process.
“We will have to take into consideration all of these views which I expect will be fairly varied.”
The public exhibitions will be held at Inchgarth Community Centre on Tuesday from noon until 8pm and South Holburn Church on Wednesday from noon until 8pm.
The public will have until June 17 to make their opinion.