A busy commuter road in Aberdeen could be shut for up to a year to allow for construction work.
The back road between the new Countesswells housing development and the A944 Aberdeen to Westhill road could be temporarily closed-off to allow for a section of a new link road to be built and the Kingswells roundabout realigned, as reported my the Evening Express.
Although Countesswells Development Limited expects the work to take around nine months, and plans for the road to be shut for just 10 weeks, council officers believe the redesign of the roundabout could mean the road is shut for up to 12 months.
The back road is used by hundreds of commuters on weekdays and forms a key link between the communities of Cults and Bieldside with Kingswells.
Any diversions in place would be along the bypass or via Springfield Road.
Martin Dalziel, project director for CDL said: “Through agreement, an application will be submitted to Aberdeen City Council for a temporary road closure to enable the next phase of our infrastructure works at Countesswells.
“The road is a significant parcel of works and is a much-needed addition to the shared public network in the area.
“When completed, the new layout will offer improved connections between Countesswells and the rest of the city and demonstrates our commitment to the existing and future residents at Countesswells and indeed the wider community.
“We will continue to work closely with the council to ensure that – where possible – disruption is minimised through the use of agreed traffic management and working practices.”
Aberdeen City Council has not yet received a traffic order in relation to the planned works.
Martin Greig, councillor for Hazlehead, Queen’s Cross and Countesswells said: “It is vital that the Countesswells road network is kept as open and free as possible.
“The potential for lengthy closures and long detours is really unwanted.
“That would cause great inconvenience to this community.
“Upgrading is welcome, but this has to be done speedily with the interests of the residents as the priority.”
Kingswells, Sheddocksley and Summerhill councillor, Steve Delaney, added: “I’m most concerned by the disruption these works are going to cause, given the significant hold-ups last time this leg of the road was closed for more than six months.”