Project to get rid of Big Tree Bends

A MAJOR multi million pound roads project that aims to improve safety at an accident black spot started on Monday.

A new stretch of road is being constructed to bypass Hawkhill and Courthill at what is locally known as Big Tree Bends on the A92 between Arbroath and Montrose costing £2.1 million.

To launch the project Angus Council’s convener of infrastructure services David May was on hand to oversee the work.

He said: “I am delighted to see work start on site at Big Tree Bends, bringing significant safety improvements at this location, which has long exhibited a poor accident record.

“Angus Council believes strongly that society needs to work together to reduce road accidents. This latest investment by the council in road safety builds on the progress we have made over the past five years in making Angus roads safer for all road users.

“Investment in safety measures has seen a huge reduction in road accidents in Angus, with the total number of road casualties in the county falling to a 30-year low in 2010.

“The council has pledged to continue its work in conjunction with other organisations to improve road safety, with further investment in the roads’ infrastructure being delivered through the capital programme this year.”

The Big Tree Bends have been the subject of previous minor improvements, but under this new scheme a new route of two and a half kilometres will improve the alignment of this principle road eliminating the bad bends at Hawkhill and Courthill.

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