Third Don Crossing to be completed by June 2016
Faults have pushed the Third Don Crossing completion date back, but the day of completion will be soon upon us, with mid-June 2016 being the “worst case” scenario.
As we discussed in our blog last August, the Third Don Crossing was originally set to open in January 2016, with the aim of alleviating bottlenecks going in and out of the city, as well as improving commuter times.
The link between Bridge of Don and Tillydrone has, however, sadly been plagued by issues throughout the building period, including faults with water outlets. Such faults demanded that the bearing work be amended before the waterproof coating could be redone.
An even more devastating issue arose when a workman sadly died at the construction site in January.
As one would expect with such issues, this not only led to a delay in the opening of the crossing, it also led to an increase in cost, with the Press and Journal suggesting that the project is now over budget by around £3million, with the total figure now standing at £22.3million.
The project requires the construction of two major bridges, with the first being a 26m skew span reinforced concrete bridge over the Mill Lade at Grandholm Village and the second, a 90m span steel box girder bridge over the River Don.
Work on the project - which includes the bridge structure and 1.5 miles of connecting roads on both sides of the River Don - started in August 2014.
So far, it is also not actually known what the name of the Third Don Crossing will be – this is set to be decided by Aberdeen City Council from a shortlist that includes the Marischal Bridge, Diamond Bridge and the to-the-point, Third Don Bridge.
Hopefully, the work will finish soon and the new bridge will help the community, or else all it will be branded as is a disaster.