Stonehaven Community Council has called for a public meeting with AWPR staff to get a clearer picture of the works planned for the A90 at Stonehaven and the impact they will have locally.
Major redevelopment is due to start on Tuesday as work begins to demolish a bridge carrying the trunk road over the B979 Netherley road.
A report from Aberdeenshire Council has warned that the work, which will see a contraflow system in place for approximately 42 weeks, will have a “significant” impact on traffic coming through Stonehaven during peak times.
At this week’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council, concerns were raised over how the works would affect the town. Community councillor Ian Balgowan said: “I am concerned that if people start avoiding the area because of the roadworks, it could have an effect on the businesses in the town.”
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Graeme Clark said: “It will be very disruptive and it would be useful if it could be explained to people the best route to take through Stonehaven.”
Cllr Clark added that the AWPR representatives had been “very communicative” and had invited community councillors to visit and speak with them. However, members agreed that this was not sufficient and a public meeting should be held to address concerns. A date is yet to be set for the meeting.
The contraflow on the A90 will consist of two lanes of traffic heading northbound and one lane southbound. All traffic will initially be using the northbound carriageway. The contraflow is expected to add between 10 and 20 minutes to journeys during morning and evening peak travelling periods for road users heading south.
A contraflow will be set up from next Tuesday (March 21) and will be in place until winter 2017/18, which will allow the part of the existing bridge carrying the southbound carriageway to be demolished and reconstructed. Once these works are complete, the contraflow will move to the new southbound carriageway to allow the remainder of the existing bridge carrying the northbound carriageway to be demolished and reconstructed.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “The works at Stonehaven will involve the demolition and replacement of the existing bridge carrying the A90 over the B979; widening the B979 Netherley Road; the construction of new slips roads to and from the A90; and the creation of a new roundabout, which will form the junction between the AWPR, the A90 and the B979.
“These extensive works, which will be on-going until winter 2017/18, will be undertaken in close proximity to live traffic on the A90. Therefore, to ensure the safety of workers and road users, it is necessary to put in place a range of traffic management measures, including ‘get in lane’ and ‘stay in lane’ signage on the northbound carriageway, ‘use both lanes; and ‘merge in turn’ signage on the southbound carriageway, average speed cameras and temporary barriers. These measures will enhance the safety of road workers and road users.
“It will take time for road users to become accustomed to the new road layout at Stonehaven; therefore, we are strongly encouraging road users to apply more caution than usual when driving through or nearby this area. Road users should also observe the 50mph speed restriction on the A90 and all road signage to enhance their safety, as well as the safety of others.
“Road users should allow more time than usual for their journey, and may find it useful to plan their journeys in advance by reviewing the general traffic management information on the AWPR/B-T project site and both the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council websites for detailed information on local roads.”