A section of the A947 between Auchmill and Plaidy is set to close for up to two weeks for work to improve a badly damaged section of this major north-east commuter route.
The £316,000 project will involve asphalt resurfacing of around 1km of road which has seen considerable deterioration over the last few year as well as work to improve drainage, kerbs, signs and lines. The work has been brought forward as a result of funding from Aberdeenshire Council’s Six Key Areas initiative.
Speed restrictions of 30mph will be enforced while preparatory works are carried out under a lane closure controlled by traffic signals before the full closure is made. The nature of the road at that location means closure is the only way to protect the workforce from danger.
Advance notice of the restrictions will be erected on all approach routes and diversions will be signposted via the B9025 Turriff to Aberchirder and A97 Aberchirder to Banff roads. This established and official diversion is suitable for all vehicles including Heavy Goods Vehicles and adds just over five miles to the journey between Turriff and Banff, other local routes are available to smaller traffic.
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said
This is a road which has deteriorated significantly recently, and I’m pleased this work has been brought forward to help ensure this important road is maintained to as high a condition as possible. Although such works inevitably cause inconvenience to some road users, we hope they will appreciate the improved condition of the route.
ISC vice chair, Alan S. Buchan, said
Rather than simply resurfacing the road, this work will also look at issues such as drainage and line marking, which will not only improve safety, but will also increase the life of the road. It is important we continue to make these investments in our roads infrastructure to maintain a high standard, though we will try to complete the work early if possible to minimise inconvenience.
The schedule for speed restrictions & closure is as follows
- Wednesday September 11 – Monday September 16 30mph speed restriction
- Monday September 16 – Sunday September 29 CLOSED
- Monday September 30 – Sunday October 6 30mph speed restriction
These dates and times may change