Third Don crossing finally opens

Aberdeen's third Don crossing was opened to traffic on Thursday.

Aberdeen's third Don crossing was opened to traffic on Thursday.

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The new £22.3 million crossing over the River Don was officially opened on Thursday.

the project, which has involved the construction of two major bridges, 2.4km of new roads and new cycleways and pavements, is designed to connect with other major infrastructure projects which will transform moving around the city, including the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the £19 million Berryden Corridor and the £426,000 Dyce Park and Choose.

The new road created for the third Don crossing links up to The Parkway and will connect directly as a major arterial link with the AWPR.

Aberdeen City Council leader, Cllr Jenny Laing, said: “This is a fantastic day with the opening of the bridge project which is the largest the city has had for 30 years.

“We’d like to thank particularly the two communities on either side of the bridge for their patience during the construction phase as we recognise they have been inconvenienced during this time.

It’s been estimated that about 10,000 vehicles will use the new crossing every day, which will alleviate congestion on the other two main crossings at the Bridge of Don and Persley Bridge which currently cope with 40,000 vehicles every day.

“There are other benefits too as the new cycleways and pathways around the new crossing and under the main bridge connect to existing riverside paths, and there is an abundance of wildlife to spot around and on the river.”