23 July 2021

Additional contracts to help with North Aberdeenshire roads maintenance work

Aberdeenshire Council can confirm that as part of its annual roads maintenance programme it has appointed Leiths Construction Ltd to undertake patching repairs works in Banff and Buchan, Buchan and Formartine from August 9, 2021.

Works will begin in Peterhead along with other villages in Buchan, before moving onto to complete works in Ellon and rural roads of Formartine and thereafter works in Fraserburgh and rural roads in Banff and Buchan.

This is one of several road surfacing contracts we will be issuing in the coming months.

The surface dressing programme is nearing completion with nearly 70 miles treated within the three areas. We are continuing our planned programme of works and reactive patching of highly defected routes.

This is having a very positive impact and with the additional contractor resources now in place, the council hopes to complete the backlog of maintenance and repairs within the next four months.

While we’re by no means back to full capacity yet, motorists will have seen a massive increase in our roads operations across Aberdeenshire as a result of relaxed conditions on coronavirus and that will continue in the months to come.

As all road users know, potholes can appear at any time and often require a relatively speedy response to ensure the road is safe. This can mean that a temporary repair is required in the first instance, with a permanent repair being completed at a later date.

While we try to minimise the need for this two-stage approach, in certain circumstances it is the right approach. It is likely that defects will occur between inspections and we would encourage members of the public to continue to alert us to the appearance of a defect.

Potholes should be reported online at https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apps/roadconditions/

The wintry weather this year has brought a range of challenges across Aberdeenshire. Our Roads Team is aware of a lot of current and emerging issues with the road network condition and will be working through these over the coming weeks.

Specifically, the work planned is to address the most safety-critical road surface defects across our 3,500 miles of road. Defects are categorised depending on the severity of the defect. Those posing an immediate danger to the public are inspected and actioned within 24 hours.

All other defects are inspected and repaired under a risk-based approach as per the Well Managed Highways Code of Practice. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, response times will be slightly longer than normal, however, we are pursuing external work contracts to assist with the repair of defects that have arisen due to the severe winter spell in February.

These works will continue throughout the summer months and address the areas that are currently identified as programmed works.