Eliminating the Big Tree Bends will save lives

Pictured on Thursday at the Big tree bend on the A92 are, councillors David Fairweather, Mark Salmond and Jack West senior engineer roads department Angus Council.

Pictured on Thursday at the Big tree bend on the A92 are, councillors David Fairweather, Mark Salmond and Jack West senior engineer roads department Angus Council.

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ANGUS Council is making progress with the £3 million project to re-align the A92 at Hawkhill and Courthill bends, known locally as the Big Tree Bends.

Over the years many accidents have taken place, with fatalities sadly not uncommon.

Overturned lorries have also been among the most common incidents, spreading debris far and wide.

The purchase of the pieces of land needed for the realigned stretch of the road is nearing completion and a contract for the construction works is due to be awarded next month.

The council’s roads spokesperson, Councillor David Fairweather, welcomed the progress being made, commenting: “I’m delighted to see this project moving on. It’s a significant investment that will be welcomed by motorists as it will really improve this stretch of the A92.

“Nine companies have been invited to tender for the construction work and those tenders are due back in on August 11. Work should then be able to start in the autumn and be completed by next summer.”

Councillor Mark Salmond, the council’s finance and property spokesperson, added: “Although the negotiations over the required land took a bit longer than we’d originally expected it’s good to see the progress that’s now been made. The various property transactions are just being finalised so there should be no problems with work starting in the next couple of months.

“I know from the representations made to me and other elected members over the years that the news that the project is about to start will be welcome news for those who regularly use this route.”

Two project reports were considered by the council’s executive sub committees for infrastructure services and corporate services on Tuesday.