Big Tree Bends road to open

A NEW £2.25 million road which aims to improve safety at an accident black spot is set to open on Wednesday (October 17).

Angus Council hope to open the new stretch on the A92 between Arbroath and Montrose at Big Tree Bends next week.

The project, which began in February, has seen the road straightened and it now bypasses Hawkhill and Courthill, almost eliminating the bends.

The area of road had been subject to minor improvements in the past but this is the biggest so far with the new stretch of road measuring two and a half kilometres over a better alignment.

The Big Tree Bends has seen a number of serious accidents in the recent past, with some proving fatal.

It was back in 2010 that Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee agreed that something that to be done to improve road safety and agreed to the road straightening work.

It is thought that the new line will leave the present A92 about half a mile south-west of Courthill Farm.

It then runs through a small area of woodland then, after skirting fields, it passes through the former Hawkhill Quarry and back to the present road about half a mile north of the Lunan junction.

Some works are still ongoing at the site, but the council say these should be completed by the end of month, which is inside the contract period, even though workers have had to endure poor weather this summer.

Temporary traffic management will remain at both ends of the new road until such time as works are mostly completed.

The work is being carried out by Noel Regan & Son Building and Civil Engineering Contractors UK Ltd.