A bridge that forms part of the new Aberdeen bypass and that’s been delayed will be completed next month, contractors have revealed.
The BBC noted that there have been delays to the repairs of the bridge that crosses the River Don, which has sparked political arguments in the region.
However, Galliford Try, which is responsible for the project, told the news provider that there had been “increased complexity” with the project, as well as bad weather that hampered the work to complete the bridge repairs.
The bridge was originally due to reopen in the spring, but this was then moved to the autumn, although Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson said that there was still no definitive date for the bridge to open to traffic again.
Meanwhile, the Aberdeen Evening Express revealed that the cost of the bypass project has increased by £20 million over the original estimates.
However, the newspaper revealed that the contractor will cover this expense and it won’t be passed back to the taxpayer.
In a statement, the firm commented: “As a result of higher than anticipated direct costs, and the further delays to completion, our estimate of the final cost to complete the contract has increased by approximately £20m.”
The whole scheme was estimated to cost £750 million, and the BBC described is as “one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland”.
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