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Riverside Drive (finally!) set to reopen tomorrow

The gas works at Riverside Drive
The gas works at Riverside Drive

One of Aberdeen’s busiest roads – closed for more than tho months due to gas works – is set to reopen tomorrow.

Riverside Drive has been blocked from South College Street to Great Southern Road since October 2 when a gas leak was reported under the road.

A temporary repair was put in place to initially fix the problem, which was discovered near the Wellington suspension bridge.

However, on October 10 Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) announced it was prolonging the road’s closure until November so workers could replace the ageing gas main.

Work is now nearing completion, with workers said to be getting the road back to its normal state and clearing the site.

A SGN spokeswoman said: “We’re currently carrying out reinstatement of the road surface and final site clearance. We’re anticipating at the moment that the road will be reopened on Friday.”

Detours have been available through Ferryhill or onto Wellington Road, in Torry, with residents of the road able to access parts of the street.

The work has been prolonged several times, the last time in mid-November when worked encountered difficulties in the process of digging up the road to replace the mains.

Last night Ferryhill councillor Yvonne Allan said: “It has been a nightmare for not just residents but commuters, it’s a busy, popular road. Residents have had access, but a lot of commuters use that road and access to Duthie Park. It is an important artery in the city, it has been a nightmare, I will be delighted come Friday.

“Safety issues are paramount but I think they (SGN) might have worked quicker.

“It’s a busy time of year, people tend to come that way, it’s the main artery for people going shopping.”

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