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Partial closure of the Formartine and Buchan Way during bridge repairs

26/06/13

Extensive bridge repairs are to be carried out on the Formartine and Buchan Way this summer.

The route will be closed at the bridge over the River Don at Parkhill from Sunday, 30 June until Monday, 8 July inclusive. During this period scaffolding will be erected to allow works, including the re-pointing of arch faces, arch vaults, abutments, spandrels, wingwalls, piers and parapets, and replacement of missing brickwork, to be carried out over 16 weeks.

The bridge is a 50-metre long, three-span masonry and brick arch structure which crosses the River Don to the north of Dyce. It is part of an old single track rail route and is now a cycle and pedestrian route, forming part of the National Cycle Network Route One.

The bridge is shared by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils. Aberdeen City Council is the lead partner in the repair works and has contracted Zenith Property Conservation Ltd to carry out the works, which must be completed during a frost-free period. This means the work has to be carried out during the summer months, which is when the route is busiest.

Unfortunately it is not possible to provide a safe off-road diversion during the closure. Walkers and cyclists are advised to consider their options before heading out as they will have to start their journey north of the closed section. Cyclists and pedestrians should be aware that the A947 can be very busy with traffic during commuter times.

A second brief closure may be required in late summer to allow for completion of the works, which will include resurfacing the bridge deck and increasing the height of the parapets. The dates of these further works and closure will be confirmed in due course.