Aberdeen council bosses have named the roads they want to see repaired across the city as part of a £10.6 million programme this financial year.
The administration committed to spending the cash in tackling road repairs, sorting potholes and investing in footpaths as part of its budget spend for 2019-20.
And now the Evening Express can reveal major routes, including Union Terrace, Wellington Road and South Esplanade West, are expected to be resurfaced or repaired under the new roads programme.
Douglas Lumsden, convener of the city growth and resources committee, said: “The council is investing almost £11m this financial year by improving our road surfaces, investing in improved footpaths and sorting recurring potholes.
“I am positive that motorists and pedestrians alike will welcome this spend.”
This year’s investment comes after council bosses previously pledged a separate £10m pot to tackle troublesome routes.
Mr Lumsden added: “Citizens will remember that last year the administration promised an additional £10m to be invested in our roads over a four-year period.
“I am delighted that £2.5m of that additional investment is to be spent this year which includes £1,545,550 being invested in carriageway resurfacing repairs, £577,274 on recurring potholes and £377,176 on improving footways.”
On Wellington Road, both the Souter Head Road roundabout and the northbound carriageway between the Nigg roundabout and the Souter Head Road roundabout would be resurfaced.
The slip road off Rosemount Viaduct would also be repaired, after being identified as “red” for its assessed condition.
The King’s Gate/Queen’s Road roundabout, Gallowgate Car Park and Westburn Road are other roads all identified for resurfacing work along with Grampian Road, Golf Road, Linksfield Road and St Machar Road.
The work identified by council officers to come out of the £10.6m budget for this financial year would see £2.3m spent on carriageway resurfacing, £2.5m on lighting improvements and £588,000 on pavement repairs.
A total of £400,000 has also been proposed to carry out upgrading work to traffic lights and pedestrian crossings at locations including Schoolhill, Queen’s Road and John Street.
Some of the £2.5m from the previously-announced £10m pot which has been reallocated for additional roads investment this year would see work carried out at various junctions including North Deeside Road.
The Conservative, Labour and independent coalition previously announced the £10m scheme when they set their budget in 2018, stating it was to be spent over their five-year term. Money has also been set aside for a reserve programme which will allow substitution of schemes should it not be possible to implement any of the proposed 2019-20 schemes.
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At the time, Mr Lumsden said a key message they had heard “time and time again” from residents of the city was concerns over the state of its roads and pavements.
Sustainable transport schemes have also been catered for in the scheme, including setting aside £150,000 to implement cycling facilities, such as on Dyce Drive, and a further £95,000 to develop the city’s walking routes.
Cllr Alex Nicoll, SNP resource spokesman, said: “Despite their attempts at making this a good news story, the reality is that the Tories have cut the roads repairs budget.
“Not only that, but it appears that the administration did not even spend the entirety of last year’s budget. Beyond that, the Tories agreed a move to using the cheapest materials for road repairs possible moving forward –something which the people of Aberdeen will be disgusted at.”
The proposed roads programme will go before councillors on the local authority’s city growth and resources committee when they meet on Thursday for their approval.