Roads to be re-textured to reduce accident rates

The surfaces of two Aberdeen roads are to be partially re-textured in a move to improve safety and reduce the number of accidents.

Work will be carried out on the C98C Chapel of Stoneywood road and the C21C Upper Persley road later this month. Similar work carried out on sections of the C128C Kingswells to Countesswells Road and B997 Scotstown Road has seen the number of reported accidents on both stretches reduced to nil.

Specialist contractor Klaruw will carry out the re-texturing using machinery which needle-punches the road surface, roughening the asphalt and creating greater tyre traction.

Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure convener, Council Leader Barney Crockett said: "Retexturing the road surface has been shown to drastically reduce the accident rates on roads. The work costs about £3,000 per corner, which is a small amount when you compare it to the average cost to society of a serious road accident of £220,000 or £1.8million of a fatal accident.

"The results we've seen on Scotstown Road and at Kingswells have been fantastic. 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."

Work on the C89C Chapel of Stoneywood to Fairley Road will be carried out on sections between its junctions with the C88c Newhills Road and Kingswells Crescent on Tuesday, 21 August from 9.30am until 4pm. Access to properties will be maintained, but there will be no through traffic. An alternative route is available via the A93c Borrowstone road and the U90c Tulloch road.

The C21C Upper Persley road will be resurfaced between the A90 Parkway and the C20C Whitestripes Road on Wednesday, 22 August from 9am until 4pm. Access to properties will be maintained, but there will be no through traffic. An alternative route is available via the Parkway and Whitestripes Road.