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New traffic measures for third Don crossing

Artist impression of the third Don crossing
Artist impression of the third Don crossing

Council roads bosses have unveiled details of traffic management measures due to be introduced at either side of a new River Don crossing.

The existing roundabout at the corner of St Machar Drive and Tillydrone Avenue, at the University of Aberdeen’s Zoology building, will be removed and replaced by a new signalised junction.

It is hoped that the introduction of traffic lights will improve the flow of vehicles coming into the city across the new bridge.

Cars will be also banned from travelling in either direction on Bedford Road between Hermitage Avenue and Meston Walk.

That section of the road will be bus-only.

However, there will still be access to the Kittybrewster retail park and the university from the Powis Terrace end of Bedford Road.

Construction giant Balfour Beatty was awarded the contract for the £18million structure which will connect the Parkway in Bridge of Don at its Whitestripes Road junction with Tillydrone Avenue and up to St Machar Drive.

A report to the council’s enterprise, strategic planning and infrastructure committee adds there will be 10 pedestrian crossings situated along the one-and-a-half mile route, while cycle tracks will also be created.

A speed limit of 40mph will be introduced on the main section of road, from the Parkway to Gordon Mills Road in Tillydrone. From there the limit will be 30mph all the way to St Machar Drive.

There will be new “no waiting” restrictions along the route, but there will still be some on-street parking areas.

The report also raises concerns that some motorists may try to avoid the traffic lights by “rat-running” along Tedder Road, Portal Crescent and Wingate Road.

All those streets are currently covered by a 20mph limit, but new speed bumps will be introduced to discourage drivers using the route as a short cut.

Conservative councillor Ross Thomson, who has been a vocal supporter of the project, argued those traffic control measures should discourage rat-running.

He said: “We have been listening to the concerns of the community in public meetings about this and through our traffic modelling we don’t think there will be a problem, the traffic flow should be improved.

“I also had meetings with the cycle forum and council officers to go through what the cycle provision was going to be. The cycle forum are really pleased with it, which is encouraging as it will improve safety and hopefully encourage more people to travel by bike.”

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