Transport Scotland has confirmed that Albion Drilling will start work on the drilling and blasting for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and Balmedie to Tipperty project on 22 July.
The first phase of the blasting programme will start Rothnick and Cleanhill, north of Cookney and the whole operation is expected to take 15 months to complete.
“Safety is the most important factor as we move this construction programme forward and ensuring the local community is aware of these major earthworks and blasting operations is a vital part of our planning process,” said Aberdeen Roads general manager Alan Gibson
“Before these excavations take place, we will consult with owners and residents in nearby properties, as well as local authority officials and environmental regulators.
“When blasting is due to take place, a specially qualified expert responsible for the works will make sure there are no people or vehicles within a specific distance of the site before allowing the detonation to happen.”
According to Gibson, blasted material will be reused within the project for embankment construction or as aggregates for concrete, asphalt and drainage.