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Major £1M improvement project announced for A90 Cowie Bridge in Stonehaven18 May 2018


Project set to get underway at the end of June

Work expected to take up to 12 weeks


A major road maintenance project for a bridge on the A90 near Stonehaven has been announced which will see over £1M in improvements carried out.

Work on the A90 at Cowie Bridge in Stonehaven is set to begin on Friday 22 June for around 12 weeks under a combination of traffic management arrangements to reduce disruption as much as possible.  The A90 is used by around 28,000 road users each day and the investment will help ensure the route continues to function safely for years to come.

The project will involve resurfacing a 500m section of the southbound carriageway directly after the bridge, followed by teams rewaterproofing the whole bridge deck, as well as carrying out concrete repairs and kerb upgrades before resurfacing both carriageways on the bridge deck.   Once work on the bridge deck is completed a final phase of upgrades to the parapets and safety barriers on Cowie Bridge will be carried out. This phase will be carried out under night time single lane closures to limit any impact to road users during the project.

The A90 Cowie Bridge deck and southbound carriageway has been prone to potholes and other road defects for a number of years with further deterioration following recent adverse weather conditions.  Although temporary repairs have been carried out to address the carriageway surface, the investment from Transport Scotland will allow teams to carry out a full permanent surfacing repair which will ensure the bridge continues to operate safely for years to come in conjunction with the opening of the new AWPR.  

To keep roadworkers as well as motorists safe during the upgrades and to complete the work in the shortest possible timescale, a contraflow system will be in operation for the Cowie Bridge  deck repairs.   This traffic management will be in place 24/7 for the first eight weeks of the project, with the programme switching to overnight working for the remaining four weeks while teams complete the parapet and safety barriers upgrades.  Works will start on the southbound carriageway.

Consultation is underway with Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, Transport Scotland, Community Councils and transport operators to inform them of the plans for the project in advance.

Discussions have also taken place with the AWPR project management team regarding the proposals to complete the Cowie Bridge improvements before the opening of the new AWPR route later this year.  

Commenting on the works, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative said: “This project of road improvements, worth over £1M, will allow our teams to carry out full repairs to the bridge deck on the A90 at Cowie, as well as resurface a section of the road almost 500m long to the south of the bridge.  

“The road surface has been particularly damaged following the adverse weather conditions at the start of the year, and although our teams have completed temporary repairs, this project will allow us to permanently repair the road.  

 “We’ve planned these works to be carried out under a contraflow system to keep everyone safe during the project, and our teams will do all they can to carry out the work as quickly and safely as possible.  

“We’re liaising with all relevant stakeholders to keep them fully informed of the project, and we’ve also worked with the team behind the AWPR to ensure our works are completed before their project is completed, minimising the overall impact to road users.

“We encourage all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website before they travel and allowing some extra time to reach their destination.”

Real time traffic information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, on twitter @trafficscotland or on the new mobile website my.trafficscotland.org.  

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