Works progressing well on Huntly Flood Protection Scheme, major local route to close for culvert work next month

Good progress is being made on Huntly's £3million Flood Protection Scheme, which will require the closure of a major local road for most of next month.

Culvert headwalls/outfalls have been constructed on the Ittingstone Burn and the Meadow Burn, adjacent to the town's artificial pitches.

Carrier drains and manholes adjacent to the A920 Dufftown-Huntly road have been completed and the creation of large earthwork bunds adjacent to the road is well underway.

A three-week closure is planned for the A920 and C110s from February 1 to enable the Ittingstone Burn culvert, linking it to the River Deveron, to be upgraded under the carriageway.

This existing culvert is undersized and during bad weather the burn backs up, bursts its banks and floods the road.

Aberdeenshire Council's Head of Roads, Landscape Services and Waste Management, Philip McKay, said: "We appreciate that a road closure at this time of year is less than ideal, especially as the diversion is significant.

"The only alternative option however would be to delay the culvert work until later in the year, with a knock-on effect for the delivery of the overall flood scheme, potentially incurring significant additional costs.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but I'm sure local people will understand that it is for the greater good of the town and recognise that the disruption in connection with this major project has been minimal so far."

While the closure is programmed for three weeks, the works will be progressed as quickly as possible and the closure will be lifted as soon as works are completed.

In the Meadows area of Huntly, work on the bunds alongside the river embankment have started and a large amount of work is planned in this area over the coming months.

By late spring the footbridge adjacent to the nursing home should have also been replaced.

There will be some noise disruption during piling works in the Meadows area, but this will be kept to a minimum.

The council's contractor Wills Bros has also visited the local primary school to talk to school children about the dangers of playing in and around building sites.

For more information on the Huntly Flood Protection Scheme, see: http://bit.ly/2jfqPkX

Details of road closures and restrictions in Aberdeenshire can be seen on our website at: http://bit.ly/1OG7bbo