Drivers around Aberdeen are asked to be patient over the next few days as slow-moving vehicles arrive in the city carrying steel beams for the Third Don Crossing.

Lorries are delivering the four large pieces of steel to the north and south sides of the river at the Grandholm Village and Tillydrone construction sites.

The actual times of the transportation will be dependent on traffic volumes in the city and so have not been set yet. The slow-moving vehicles will drive through the city during off-peak traffic.

Finance, Policy and Resources Committee Vice-Convener Councillor Ross Thomson thanked drivers for their patience.

He said: “This is a major part of the construction for the Third Don Crossing which will make a huge difference to traffic getting around the north part of the city.

“We appreciate the lorries delivering the steel beams will be slow-moving and we ask that drivers are patient while this takes place.

“I’m sure people will be looking forward to seeing the beams being lifted into place in a few weeks’ time.”

The lifting operations for the steel beams are scheduled for the middle of next month (July), subject to weather.

Once they are delivered to the site, the beams will be temporarily supported approximately 2.5m in mid-air using steel supports. This will allow for welding and painting operations, and a tent/scaffold will be erected around them to facilitate the works and limit noise.

The £18million Third Don Crossing will see the construction of a new single carriageway link road between the Parkway/Whitestripes Road junction and the Tillydrone Avenue/St Machar Drive junctions, including the construction of the new bridge.

Work started in November 2014 and the contract completion date has been extended to January 2016.

The routes the slow-moving vehicles are due to be taking through the city include:

A90, A956, West Tullos Road, Holburn Street, Union Street.

Beams to the south side: Great Northern Road, St Machar Drive, Tillydrone Road, Site Entrance.

Beams to the north: A956 King Street, Balgownie Road, Balgownie Drive, Grandholm Drive, Site Entrance.

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