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Balfour bags key Scottish road bridge job

Balfour Beatty has been awarded the £10M contract to upgrade a bridge one of north-east Scotland’s busiest roads.

The scheme will cut congestion at Inveramsay Bridge on the A96 Aberdeen-Inverness route.

The work will involve replacing the bridge and realigning the road at a notorious bottleneck.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “This project – along with progress made on the dualling of the A96 and A9 as well as the pre-commencement works on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route-Balmedie-Tipperty scheme – represents billions of pounds of investment and underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring that the transport infrastructure in the north and north-east of Scotland is fit for purpose.

“We want to see an early solution to this particular bottleneck and today’s announcement is welcome progress delivering on our pledge to start construction work before the end of the year.”

The improvements will take the road 100m west of the existing bridge towards the River Urie. It will run parallel with the river before turning south to cross the railway line. A junction at the existing bridge will also be created to provide local access, as well as an underpass.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

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