Inverurie facing more road closures

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Businesses and drivers are bracing themselves for more disruption in Inverurie with further road closures planned for the town in the coming weeks.

From Monday (February 13) part of West High Street will be shut for two weeks to allow sewer connection work for new housing at Burn Lane.

And three weeks of restrictions will begin in the town centre at the end of March for gas network renewal.

The roadworks were announced on the back of work in High Street which started on January 16 and had been due to last for four weeks.

However, contractors worked round the clock to complete the services for Bancon’s Knightsbridge development and the road was reopened around 10 days ahead of schedule.

The work generated a lot of criticism in the town, at the start from frustrated motorists and then traders who experienced a significant drop in business.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said of the works next week: “The B9170 West High Street, Inverurie will be closed from The Square to Constitution Street for two weeks from Monday, February 13.

“This is to allow sewer connection works for new housing by a developer at Burn Lane and is necessary for public safety. Burn Lane will also be subject to a ‘No Waiting Order’ for the duration of the road closure.

“Access to properties and businesses in West High Street will be available at all times, but may be subject to delay until the road is cleared of construction plant to allow safe passage through the works.”

Signs have been put in place indicating the temporary restriction to traffic and the alternative route via Station Road, Burn Lane and Constitution Street, and vice versa.

Scottish Gas Networks will begin three weeks of work from Saturday, March 31, affecting West High Street, Blackhall Road, and Victoria Street.

Site notices will be put in place in due course indicating the temporary restriction to traffic - involving one-way, closure and no waiting - and the alternative routes where applicable.

The alternative route to avoid the works will be via Burghmuir Drive and Harlaw Road.

Inverurie Business Association (IBA) chairman Graeme Ross said that while it was frustrating that the town was facing further roadworks they understood that the necessary work needed to be done.

He added: “They seem to have a better handle on it this time and communication has been better.

“At least the gas work will be carried out during the school holidays, so that should help the situation.”