Walkers and cyclists in Stonehaven will be able to enjoy improved access when a new shared path on the Bervie Braes opens this spring.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Roads Service has appointed Hunter Construction to create the three-metre-wide shared-use path from Redcliff to Invercarron Cottage, with work starting on Monday of this week.
The work will enable pedestrian and cyclist access to the existing footpath on the C27K Bervie Braes which will be closed until Friday, March 20.
The road is currently closed to vehicular traffic over winter months with the alternative route being via the A92 and A957.
Information boards have been erected on site to inform the public of the impending closure.
Head of Roads and Landscape Services, Philip McKay, said: “While the need to implement a closure to pedestrian and cyclists is unfortunate, once complete the new shared path will be a substantial improvement.
“As well as providing an improved surface for users it will also allow the small barriers on the north side of the road to be removed.”
The Bervie Braes reopened in 2013 to one-way traffic over the summer period after stabilisation works were carried out on the lower slope following a landslip in 2009.
In addition to the improved footway/cycleway, a gate will be installed at the top of the Braes allowing the road to be closed when conditions require without the need to frequently move the existing barriers.
Repairs will also be carried out to improve the carriageway surface.
Aberdeenshire Council have apologised for any inconvenience caused and ask members of the public to take time to plan to use alternative routes while the work is carried out.