Is it just me that thinks it is bad planning or just plain stupid for Aberdeenshire Council to close both the B9024 & B9025 for two weeks in February?
Aberdeenshire Council announced that the B9025, Foggie (Aberchirder) road will be closed from 30 January until 26 February for verging and drainage work. Normally this isn't a problem as you just head out on the B9024 past the golf course to the A97 and in to Foggie that way.
From Monday 6 February the B9024 will also be closed, for two weeks for resurfacing works. So you will need to head out on balloch brae to Thornybank and then on the B9001 past Glendronach to get to on the A97 and Foggie. The other option is to head up to Macduff, over the bridge in to Banff and pick up the A97 there.
Turriff to Foggie is 8 miles if you use the B9025, the diversion routes via Banff or via Thornybank are both 20 miles. If Aberdeenshire Council could stagger the road works so that both the roads were not closed at the same time the diversion route would be 15 miles. 15 miles is still nearly double the mileage, but it is better than 20 miles.
The approved diversion route from Turriff to Foggie is via the A947 to Banff and pick up the A97 there. The only issue with this diversion is, on the 6 February Aberdeenshire Council are also carrying out Drainage and resurfacing work on the A97 at Blacklaw just north of Foggie, where you will be reduced to 30mph and if you are lucky, you'll get to join a 10mph convoy.
It's all in the planning....