Temporary road on A93 makes journeys easier between Braemar and Ballater

Aberdeenshire Council has completed work to create a temporary road after part of the Braemar to Ballater road, the A93 at Micras, was damaged by the River Dee during the recent severe weather.

Work to create a temporary diversion road around the damaged section has been progressing well and was completed ahead of schedule opening on Sunday, January 17.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee Councillor David Aitchison said: “The impact on infrastructure caused by flooding across Aberdeenshire has been substantial, not to mention how it has affected people and communities.

“I commend all staff who worked to react and protect the public as the flooding took hold and who now continue to repair roads, bridges, properties and support residents and local businesses.

“I know the communities of Ballater and Braemar will join me in thanking everyone involved in reconnecting their area with a vital road link and means that people no longer have to take the alternative route via the B976 South Deeside Road between Ballater and Crathie.”

Vice Chair councillor Stephen Smith added: “The road has been created in a short space of time which is commendable.

“I thank the council’s Infrastructure Service and further work will take place to reinstate the road and riverbank to improve the route as the authority continues to repair damage and recover from the recent flooding.”

The council is grateful for the cooperation of the local landowner and tenant in allowing access to the site.

In the coming weeks and months Aberdeenshire Council will be considering options for the permanent replacement and riverbank reinstatement following discussions with the landowner.

The work follows the reopening of nearby Invercauld Bridge last week following emergency repair works five days ahead of schedule.

Across all services the authority is working to support communities recover from flooding as part of a Flood Recovery Plan.