The construction of the Cross Tay Link Road project, that has cause traffic delays has started the beginning of the earthworks on site.
The earthworks will be moving upwards of one million cubic meters of earth that is being moved, this is the equivalent of more than 400 Olympic swimming pools, the materials that is being dug up will remain on site and reused elsewhere on the project, this is to keep carbon emissions low.
Perth & Kinross Council’s Roads Infrastructure Manager, Jillian Ferguson said “By keeping all earth movements within the site boundary, we have in place a sustainable plan that will prevent extra construction traffic being added to the roads network as a result of earthworks operations, with the increased pressure that would put on traffic flows in and around the city.”
Main contractor, BAM Nuttall’s project manager, Derek Walsh said: “To help keep carbon emissions to a minimum, this project has been designed to recycle every tonne of earth that needs to be moved. All earth excavations will be moved to form other features over the course of the construction.”
The Cross Tay Link Project is set to significantly reduce traffic congestion and pollution in Perth city centre.
The project involves a new three-span bridge over the river Tay, six kilometres of new road linking the A9 with the A93 and the A94 north of Scone and the realignment of two kilometres of dual carriageway on the A9 just north of Inveralmond Roundabout.
This is the largest infrastructure project Perth & Kinross council has undertaken.