ABERDEEN City Council today announced plans to re-texture the surfaces of several rural roads on the outskirts of the city in a move to improve safety and cut the number of accidents on the busy routes.
A council spokeswoman said that contractors would be using special machinery which “needle-punches” the road surface, roughening the asphalt and creating greater tyre traction.
Gordon McIntosh, the authority’s Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure director, said: “Retexturing the road surface has been shown to drastically reduce the accident rates on roads. The work costs about £3,500 per corner, which is a small amount when you compare it to the average cost to society of a serious road accident of £800,000 or £1.8million of a fatal accident.
“The results we’ve seen from work carried out previously has been fantastic, with the number of accidents on each corner treated reduced to zero. Motorists must drive responsibly and take all appropriate precautions, but as a council we are determined to do what we can to make the roads safer.”
The roads being targeted include the B999 Tarves road, C89C Chapel of Stoneywood to Fairley Road, B979 Clintery to Tyrebagger, B979 Peterculter to Kirkton of Skene road, and C127C Blacktop road.