Transport Scotland has confirmed that work has started on the second phase of ground investigation for the £11M A96 Inveramsay Bridge project.
Information gathered by the investigation will be used during the bidding process for the design and construction of the bridge, which Transport Scotland has said will start later this year.
The investigation follows on from an eight week programme undertaken by Allied Exploration and Geotechnics in 2012.
“The start of this ground investigation work is another significant step in addressing one of the most notorious bottlenecks in the north-east of Scotland, and will help ensure that full construction work can get underway at Inveramsay before the year is out,” said Scotland transport minister Keith Brown. “Road users will soon feel the benefits of improved journey time reliability and free-flowing traffic and, as we will be removing the risk of rail bridge strikes affecting traffic flows, less congestion and a much improved journey experience.
“Inveramsay is just one scheme in a major transport investment package for the north and north east of Scotland worth billions. We are pressing ahead with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Belmedie-Tipperty scheme and are currently scrutinising tenders from the three bidding parties vying for the prestigious contract to build a road which will bring enormous economic and transport benefits across the region. We expect to announce the preferred bidder later this year.