Video: First bridge beams installed on Aberdeen bypass project

Another milestone has been reached on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / Balmedie-Tipperty project with the first bridge beams being lowered into place at the site of the new Tipperty Junction.

The new bridge will carry the A90 over the realigned B9000 Newburgh to Pitmedden road.

Beam being lifted into place

Beam being lifted into place

This time-lapse footage from Transport Scotland shows the 23 pre-cast beams, weighing 20 tonnes each, and measuring approximately 33 metres long, being lifted and manoeuvred into place at the new structure.

Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities, said: “This represents a significant milestone and shows that works are progressing well on what is the longest roads construction project currently underway in the UK.

“The beam lift at Tipperty is the first of almost 80 similar lifts which will be undertaken across the project over the course of the next couple of years with the pace of construction evident for all to see and the Balmedie-Tipperty section of the project due to open to road users in spring 2017.

“When complete, the entire project - which is scheduled to open in winter 2017 some six months ahead of the original schedule - will bring enormous benefits to the whole of the north east of Scotland, including £6 billion to the local economy and more than 14,000 jobs during the first 30 years after opening.

Photomontage of completed Tipperty junction

Photomontage of completed Tipperty junction

“It will also reduce congestion, improve journey times, cut pollution in the city centre, boost the economy, improve road safety and enhance public transport.”