Aberdeen motorists have been thanked for their “patience” by a gas firm during prolonged works to one of the busiest roads in the city.
Riverside Drive reopened yesterday at around 3.30pm after being closed for nearly two and a half months.
The road had 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.
On October 10, Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) announced it was prolonging the road’s closure until November so workers could completely replace the “ageing” gas main
However, the road was reopened in time for the rush hour traffic last night.
SGN workers worked to reinstate the road surface and clear the site throughout the past few days.
The prolonged closure caused major disruptions in the city centre in the run-up to the festive season, with commuters forced into detours through Ferryhill and onto Wellington Road in Torry.
An SGN spokeswoman said: “Our essential works in Riverside Drive have been completed and the road has been reopened this afternoon.
“We are aware that this is a very busy part of Aberdeen and would like to thank road users and the local community for their patience while we carried out our works.
“We have replaced a section of metal gas mains pipe with modern polyethylene plastic pipe which will mean a continued safe and reliable gas supply for the local area for many years to come.”