A LONG-AWAITED scheme to realign bends at a notorious local accident blackspot has now been started.
The first phase of the £1.7 million project to realign sections of the A935 Montrose-Brechin road got under way at the end of last week.
Visiting the site at West Broomley, Angus Council’s infrastructure services convener, Councillor David May, welcomed the start of the scheme, and reiterated that investment in roads will continue to be one of the authority’s priorities.
He said: “This route has been identified as one of our priorities for action and I am delighted to see work start on site.
“This is the second major project to get under way in Angus recently, with work also starting at the A92 at Big Tree Bends.”
The project involves realigning three sets of bends on the road, at Mill of Dun, West Broomley and Balwyllo and is scheduled for completion later this year.
Angus Council’s action plan for the road initially consisted of a series of short term improvements including improving the road’s surface and drainage although three cottages were also demolished to make way for the realignments.
Dunmill Cottage, at Mains of Dun, was last year the final property to be demolished. The cottage was bought by the local authority last year as part of a £340,000 property deal to allow the scheme to go ahead.
It was acquired in 2010 for £200,000 and followed the purchase of West Broomley Cottage for £140,000 in 2009.
The authority successfully negotiated for the 5,866 square foot site at West Broomley to be declared surplus to requirements and transferred to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which exchanged it for a 5,629 square foot site at the same location.
Mr May added: “This shows that, despite tight financial constraints, Angus Council remains committed to investing in our roads, creating a safe and efficient network which is important for the county in both transport and economic development terms.”
The work at the A935 is being carried out by W Brown Roadworks and is expected to last approximately eight weeks.
The second phase at Balwyllo is expected to start in the spring and last for around 12 weeks while the final stage of the works will take place on a double bend at Mill of Dun which should be completed by early autumn.