by Ian Yuill on 19 February, 2017
A number of people have asked me recently what my views are on the proposals to build a new bridge over the River Dee.
I support building a new bridge over the Dee as this will:
There are currently three options being considered to build a new bridge across the Dee.
Two of these proposals involve building a new bridge well upstream from the Bridge of Dee with the access road to the new bridge joining Garthdee Road opposite its junction with Craigievar Road. I believe both these proposals are completely unacceptable because they would lead to a vast increase in traffic using Garthdee Road and the loss of part of RGU’s campus.
In my view, of the three options under consideration, the only option which is acceptable is to build a new bridge immediately upstream of the Bridge of Dee. Building a new bridge there means it can be linked directly to South Anderson Drive and Stonehaven Road without any traffic having to pass along Garthdee Road.
Of the three choices, this is the only one I would support.
I do though have concerns that the current proposal for a bridge immediately beside the Bridge of Dee is that this should have six lanes. I believe that the possibility of building a new bridge with four lanes at this location must also be properly investigated.
It is important that the new bridge and the junctions associated with it – unlike the existing arrangements – are safe for pedestrians and cyclists to use. The bridge and road layout must be designed with this in mind. Pedestrians and cyclists must not be an afterthought.
If you would like to find out more about the three options for a new bridge over the Dee you can read the most recent report by council staff on this here.
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