With work underway on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, Scottish Business News has unearthed 12 things you might not have known about the city bypass.
1. The AWPR is Scotland’s largest Non-Profit Distributing project – costing £745million including its construction, and operation and maintenance over 30 years.
2. A bypass to the city was first proposed back in 1952, however it took more than 50 years before a “preferred corridor” for the AWPR as we know it was announced in December 2005.
3. Construction involves the excavation and transportation of 10 million cubic metres of earthworks – including 3 million cubic metres, or 7 million tonnes, of hard rock.
4. The project includes building 46km of new dual carriageway, 40km of side roads, 30km of access tracks, upgrading 12km of existing dual carriageway, and 72 bridges, including two focal point crossings over the rivers Dee and Don.
5. With a total budget of £745million, and 128km of roads to build or upgrade, each metre of bypass costs an average of £5,820.
6. During the peak of construction, the bypass will bring in around 1,500 jobs and 100 vocational and training places.
7. Altogether, staff will use more than 400 pieces of equipment, including excavators, dozers, graders, compaction equipment and all-terrain dump trucks.
8. The bypass will cut some journey times almost in half. The average morning journey between Stonehaven and Dyce is currently 55 minutes, with Transport Scotland expecting this to drop this to 28 minutes once the road is completed.
9. Between 2017 and 2047, the AWPR is expected to bring in £6billion of investment and lead to the creation of 14,000 jobs in the north-east.
10. Around 43,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the AWPR’s busiest sections every day – that’s an average of 30 cars per minute.
11. By taking slow-moving traffic away from city streets and cutting vehicle emission build-up at junctions, the AWPR is set to improve the air quality for around 75,000 north-east properties.
12. Between the formal ground-breaking on February 16, 2015, and completion date in winter 2017, roughly 724 workdays or 5,792 hours (of an 8-hour day) of work will be undertaken to construct the bypass.