New bridge at Parkhill to open to traffic

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A new bridge on the B977 Echt to Balmedie Road at Parkhill is expected to open to traffic this Thursday.

The bridge will open at around 6am on June 8, as part of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project.

The new bridge, which will form part of the realigned B977 and carry road users over the AWPR mainline, will generate a number of changes to the road layout in the area, including the removal of temporary traffic signals at the Parkhill Crossroads.

Traffic heading towards Balmedie along the B977 will be able to travel past the Parkhill Garden Centre, over the new bridge to a new T-Junction that links the B977 and the existing Newmachar Church Road.

Traffic heading towards Dyce along the B977 should turn left at the T-junction to continue their journey.

Temporary traffic lights will remain at the new T-junction for a short period until works to install safety barriers are complete.

Following the opening of the new B977 bridge, the contractor will permanently close a section of Newmachar Church Road, where it currently crosses the AWPR.

The new permanent route for road users will be via the new B977 bridge.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “We would like to encourage road users to exercise more caution than usual in this area as they become accustomed to the changes in road layout. Road users should also be aware that some businesses have new entrances and exits and extra care should be taken at these locations.

“We would also like to remind all road users that works are still continuing in this area and therefore some traffic management measures are still in place to enhance the safety of the local community, road workers and road users.”