THE SCOTTISH Government’s upgrade of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty will cost an estimated £92 million it was confirmed on Monday.
Transport Minister Keith Brown confirmed that the legal delays to the project had caused the estimated cost to increase to around £750 million. Construction of the road is expected to get underway next Spring .
A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: “Cost increases due to inflation total £230 million, while other increases are accounted for by scope changes and standard risk costs.
“We will look at opportunities for opening parts of the AWPR/ Balmedie-Tipperty project as early as possible to ensure maximum early benefit to the people in the north east in advance of full scheme opening in spring 2018. We will discuss the phasing with tendering parties through the competitive dialogue period in spring next year.”