WORK on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is set to be completed ahead of schedule.
The AWPR was due for completion in spring 2018, however, the Scottish Government today revealed that the project will now be finished in winter 2017.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown, made the announcement in Aberdeen today.
Mr Brown also revealed that Connect Roads has been awarded the main construction contract for the AWPR/Balmedie-Tipperty (B-T) work.
Mr Brown said: “Since overcoming all the legal challenges back in October 2012, we have done all we can to accelerate the procurement and construction of the AWPR/B-T.
“Following the shortest procurement processes for a contract of this size and complexity it has been just 23 months since the contract was put to the market we have now been able to also bring the completion date forward to winter 2017.”
Leader of Aberdeen City Council Jenny Laing said: “I am sure the people in the North-east will be delighted to learn that this hugely significant project is progressing and that we are another step closer to the delivery of the much-needed AWPR.”
Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Jim Gifford added: “It is very satisfying to reach this stage of the tender process.”