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Mugiemoss Road to close for four months

11/02/14

A section of Mugiemoss Road is to be closed for up to four months while essential work is carried out for a new housing development.

Contractors for Barratt Homes will be effectively creating a new road on the old road and utilities companies will be installing new services, including new sewer, water and gas pipes, electricity and communications cables, and street lighting connections, as well as building a new footway. The road must be closed for safety reasons while that work is carried out.

Delays on surrounding roads, including Auchmill Road, the Parkway and Scotstown Road, as well as at the Haudagain roundabout, are likely as a result of displaced traffic which would normally use Mugiemoss Road.

Aberdeen City Council, as roads authority, is working to minimise the impact of the private works and will continue working closely with the developer to ensure they are completed as quickly as possible. The council has taken steps to ensure all utilities companies involved are working at the same time and, in doing so, has reduced the period of the closure from the originally requested six months to four.

There will be a need for either a one-way system or other types of traffic restriction for a proposed eight week period after the closure. The detail of this is still being worked on and details will be confirmed in due course.

The decision to close the road has not been taken lightly. Several meetings have taken place between Aberdeen City Council, the developer and contractors to ensure delays are kept to a minimum. The closure is essential for public and contractor safety during the course of the works. There will be deep trenches of at least 2.5-metres and up to 4-metres  deep along the middle of the carriageway.

Mugiemoss Road is being reconstructed and services for the new housing development are being installed under the road. New sewers will run down the centre of the carriageway. A new gas main will also be installed under the road for the new housing scheme. Partially closing the road is not an option. It would not be practical, possible or safe to maintain through traffic.

The contractor will be working six days a week from 7am until 8pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am until 4pm on Saturdays.

Scotia Gas Networks will start work ahead of the road closure by removing boundary walls along Mugiemoss Road to allow them to begin laying their replacement gas main off-road.

We would encourage the travelling public to use alternative routes and avoid the area if possible. People should allow extra time for their journeys and expect delays. Buses and taxis should not be affected by the extra traffic on the roads as there are dedicated bus lanes on Auchmill Road and we would encourage people who ordinarily drive through this area to consider using public transport.

Advance signs warning of the road closure will be placed on the trunk road corridor and other strategic routes across the city. The developer will organise a public meeting in Bucksburn in advance of the road closure.

The road will be closed between properties numbered 73 Mugiemoss Road and 230 Mugiemoss Road. There will be no parking on that stretch of the road during the course of the works, which are due to begin on 16 March.

The road is being rebuilt and realigned, with a spur formed for the future development site to the north of Mugiemoss Road. The footways will be rebuilt and the road resurfaced. The existing Mugiemoss Road will ultimately become a residential access road for the properties fronting onto Mugiemoss Road and for the new development. It will no longer be a through route. A new road is being constructed around the new housing development.
 
The new road is being built to take account of the extra traffic generated by the development. It will go round the scheme to the River Don and tie in with Stoneywood Road.

The developer has agreed to provide dedicated parking areas for residents throughout the works.