Motorists are to face more traffic chaos, with work on a busy Aberdeen roundabout set to continue for another week.
Gas distribution firm SGN is carrying out emergency repair work at the north end of King George VI Bridge – the junction between Great Southern Road and Riverside Drive.
The work, which began on Saturday, was due to end tomorrow but SGN has now admitted the road will not be fully reopened until May 8 – a week later than planned.
As a result traffic has been at a standstill elsewhere in the city while motorists look for other routes.
This morning there is 30 minute delays at the Bridge of Dee with traffic queued back beyond the Shell garage.
And on Wellington Road there has been reports of motorists taking more than 40 minutes to travel from Cove to the city centre.
The firm’s spokesman Waseem Hanif said: “We’re continuing emergency repairs to our gas main at the King George VI Bridge in Aberdeen.
“Our work is taking place on the roundabout at the north end of the bridge at its junction with Riverside Drive.
“We have made progress and reopened the bridge for southbound motorists on Saturday April 27. Great Southern Road and the east section of Riverside Drive were also reopened.
“The bridge remains closed for northbound motorists and the west section of Riverside Drive remains closed also. Signed diversions are in place.
“Our remaining work is more complex than originally planned and we require specialist equipment to complete it. All going well, we now hope to complete our repairs, restore the road surface and fully reopen the bridge on Wednesday May 8.”
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Torry and Ferryhill councillor Yvonne Allan said the work was having a knock-on effect on the surrounding area.
She said: “It is very frustrating, because when the traffic gets backed up like that it affects journey times.
“It’s causing jams on surrounding roads and it’s affecting the business park as well because people are using it as a rat run.
“It is disappointing the work has been delayed.”
Bus services have also been affected by the work. First Aberdeen’s 17, 17A, 18 and 18A services have been altered to avoid the area.