Last-minute call-off pre­vents weeks of lane clo­sure chaos

Wa­ter works:

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

Scot­tish Wa­ter has scrapped plans at the 11th hour, which could have re­sulted in a fort­night of traf­fic chaos at the north-east’s most notorious round­about.

Road lanes were due to be closed to the south and west of the Hauda­gain in Aberdeen for two weeks from Mon­day to al­low vi­tal wa­ter and sewer works to be car­ried out, ahead of Trans­port Scot­land’s Hauda­gain Im­prove­ment Scheme.

The A90 North An­der­son Drive was sched­uled to be re­duced to one lane for a week from Mon­day at the round­about, and the A96 Great North­ern Road was due for the same treat­ment from Jan­uary 23.

But, fol­low­ing a re­view Scot­tish Wa­ter has an­nounced the roads will re­main open for the du­ra­tion of the works.

A spokesman for the util­ity com­pany said: “In or­der to min­imise dis­rup­tion to lo­cals in Aberdeen, Scot­tish Wa­ter has changed plans to have a lane clo­sure in place on the A90 and A96 at the Hauda­gain round­about.

“In or­der to fur­ther min­imise any in­con­ve­nience we, along with our con­trac­tors Amey, have now amended the work­ing meth­ods which will al­low the work to be car­ried out with­out the need for any lane clo­sures.

“All work will be car­ried out within the foot­paths and verges next to the A96 (week com­menc­ing Jan­uary 16) and A90 (week com­menc­ing Jan­uary 23).”

Al­though the lanes will re­main open, there will be mi­nor traf­fic man­age­ment in place at a later date and dur­ing off peak hours to al­low for CCTV sur­vey work.

Aberdeen Don­side MSP Mark McDon­ald, who has of­fices at the Hauda­gain, said: “It is re­as­sur­ing that Scot­tish Wa­ter has clearly gone back and looked again to as­sess whether or not they could avoid the clo­sure of the lanes.

“Com­muters will be de­lighted that not only will there be no dis­rup­tion to their com­mute, but also that the works will still go ahead to al­low the im­prove­ments to be made to the Hauda­gain and im­prove the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in the fu­ture.”

AD­DRESS­ING THE PROB­LEM: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the planned Hauda­gain by­pass to ease con­ges­tion at the busy round­about dur­ing com­mut­ing times

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