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Preparatory works for Third Don Crossing begin
A major step forward has been taken in Aberdeen City Council's Access from the North programme, with works starting to pave the way for construction of the Third Don Crossing.
Trees occupying the footprint of the Third Don Crossing road are being cleared ahead of construction starting later this year.
Councillor Angela Taylor, vice-convener of the Enterprise, Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee, was joined by Administration colleague Councillor Ross Thomson to witness the start of the work at the northern end of the route, close to the Parkway.
The Council has allocated £15.36million in capital funding for the Third Don Crossing, which should be substantially completed and open to the public by autumn 2015.
Councillor Taylor said: "Today is a momentous day and marks the start of a major push to improve Aberdeen's road network right across the city. It is just one of several important schemes which this Administration will be driving forward over the next few years, which will deliver a major boost for the local economy and relief for long-suffering motorists.
"Aberdeen has for far too long suffered from congested roads and major delays for commuters, public transport and freight transport. The strategic improvements which we will deliver will be widely welcomed and will benefit the entire region along with the rest of Scotland."
Councillor Thomson said: "At long last we are finally seeing the start of work on this major new link after years of delays. Together with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the Haudagain junction upgrade and the planned Berryden Corridor improvements, the new bridge will lock in a whole range of transportation benefits and move us closer to having a transport network which is finally fit for purpose.
"The new Don Crossing is just one piece of the jigsaw and part of a comprehensive plan to ease the all-too-common gridlock which afflicts this city. I can promise the people of Aberdeen that this Administration has the utmost determination to complete the job and ensure the city's traffic keeps moving for the benefit of everyone."
This latest phase of the Access from the North programme will provide a new crossing over the River Don and a new stretch of road to join the bridge to the existing road network from the Parkway north of the river, as well as the realignment and upgrading of roads to the south of the river. It includes the creation of a shared pedestrian and cycle path.
A package of integrated transport measures will improve access from the north to the city centre and to the Haudagain roundabout junction. The new route will also help to alleviate congestion on the King Street corridor.
Measures have been identified to reduce journey times and minimise congestion for all traffic, with a particular focus of attention on developing sustainable transport opportunities.