A90 reopens with contraflow after Storm Babet floods

The route between Forfar and Brechin will run under a traffic management system while repairs are under way.

A90 Forfar to Brechin reopens with contraflow after Storm Babet floods North East NMC

The main A90 route through the north east of Scotland has reopened in both directions after a major cleanup and safety operation.

Engineers examined the road between Dundee to Stonehaven after it was closed by flooding during Storm Babet.

On Tuesday morning, contractor Amey said the route between Brechin and Forfar would run under a contraflow system.

The firm said it managed to carry out an investigation into two high-risk structures at Finavon after water levels fell.

The probe found Storm Babet – which prompted two red weather warnings in parts of Angus and Aberdeenshire – had caused considerable erosion to the bridge at Finavon which carries the A90 over the River South Esk.

Amey said a contraflow system was required to enable safe crossings until repairs are completed – something that is likely to take weeks.

Tom Wallace, from Amey, said: “The danger posed by the speed and level of the water meant it was imperative we waited until these had sufficiently receded to ensure the safety of our workers on the site.

“Once these investigations were complete, and the results were known, we worked quickly overnight to implement a traffic management system that would get the A90 open again between Dundee and Stonehaven.

“Storm Babet has had a significant impact on the bridge at Finavon carrying the A90 over the River South Esk.

“In order to reopen the entirety of this route, and for the safety of the travelling public, it was essential that we install a contraflow system until repairs are completed.

“We would like to thank all road users and the local community for their patience while this work was undertaken.”

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