A STRETCH of one of Aberdeen’s busiest roads is set to close for roadworks to pave the way for a new housing development, in a move which could affect traffic for up to six months.
Aberdeen City Council today announced that a section of Mugiemoss Road will be shut for four months from 16 March to allow “essential work” on a Barratt Homes scheme, with traffic set to be restricted for a further two months after the road re-opens.
The roadworks are expected to lead to traffic delays on Auchmill Road, the Parkway and Scotstown Road, as well as at the notorious Haudagain roundabout.
A City Council spokeswoman explained: “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.”
She continued: “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.”