The blasting programme will start on 22nd July 2015 between Rothnick and Cleanhill, north of Cookney, where a section of the Fastlink will be constructed. These works will help to lower the ground to the new road level. The blasting will remove sections of rock which cannot be taken out through other means.
Transport Scotland said that as the works were complex, it was difficult to predict a precise programme but it expects blasting to take around 14 weeks, with one blast a day.
Alan Gibson, general manager for main contractor Aberdeen Roads, said: “Recycling of materials is a key commitment for the AWPR/B-T project and rock and earth excavated during these works will be reused along the length of the roads to form embankments or to make aggregates for concrete, road and drainage purposes, wherever possible.”
Aberdeen Roads, previously called Connect Roads, is a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Galliford Try (Morrison Construction).
Main construction work began at the start of the year and is expected to be completed in winter 2017. The project includes designing and constructing 58km of new dual carriageway. The contract also includes constructing 40km of new side roads, 30km of access tracks and more than 100 new structures, including two major bridges over the rivers Dee and Don.
The project is being procured under the Scottish government’s non-profit distributing (NPD) model. Clients are Transport Scotland, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.