A90 work begins soon

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Users of the A90 in the Laurencekirk area are to benefit from a £300,000 road improvement. The works are part of Transport Scotland’s on-going investment in the trunk road network and will involve the construction of a new merge lane, which will aid vehicles joining the northbound carriageway of the A90.

The construction of the merge lane is expected to commence in early March 2012 and last for approximately 30 days. During this period there will be lane restrictions on the A90 and localised 40mph speed restrictions on the A90 and A937. It will be necessary to ban some turning manoeuvres at the A90/A937 northern junction to complete the works but these restrictions will take place during the night time to avoid inconvenience to the majority of road users.

The works will be carried out by Breedon Aggregates Ltd., supervised by BEAR Scotland Ltd. and have been planned in consultation with Aberdeenshire Council and Grampian Police.

Scottish Water diversion works are required to be carried out in advance of the merge lane installation. These are currently programmed to be completed in February.

Angus North & Mearns MSP Nigel Don says he is “encouraged” by the response of local authorities to his call for a safe crossing of the A90 at Laurencekirk. Mr Don met officials of Aberdeenshire and Angus Councils along with NESTRANs, the Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire.

“No-one disagrees that we need a safer crossing and all present pledged to work towards that end,” said Mr Don. “Both local authorities are prepared to do what they can to assist, but they made the entirely reasonable point that this is a trunk road which is the responsibility of Transport Scotland.

“Personally I cannot think of another location outside a city on an arterial route where there has to be a 50 mph limit. In my view this is not a permanent solution to a serious problem. We need to make physical improvements to this junction to make it safe.

“Although there may be some financial contribution from the developers of housing or other projects, it is unlikely this will come anywhere near the cost of a grade separated junction. Therefore we must continue to build the case for investment by Transport Scotland in this busy arterial route which is vital to the economy.”