WORK finally got underway on the long-awaited Aberdeen bypass last week.
Transport Minister Keith Brown visited the area to inspect ground preparations near Parkhill and experienced the difficulties of the road first-hand when he ended up being caught up in a delay caused by a broken down lorry at the notorious Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen!
The investigations, costing £1 million, are being carried out by a team of engineers and are expected to take several months to complete.
The £653 million city bypass was originally given the go-ahead in 2009 but has been repeatedly delayed by legal challenges from opponents of the scheme.
The challengers lost their appeal to the Supreme Court last month, allowing the much-needed bypass to go ahead.
Soil sampling of the area has already been carried out on the A90 dual carriageway between Balmedie and Tipperty.