Work has started on a £6.9 million flood protection upgrade for Dundee’s new Waterfront area.
A total of £6,917,574 is being invested in a flood protection scheme which will run from Camperdown Dock to Dundee Airport.
The council announced today that a busy stretch of road will close to allow the work to take place.
Riverside Drive will see a prevention of a right turn into Barnetts Garage and Riverside Approach.
There will also be a ban on right turns from the eastbound at Riverside Approach.
The roadworks, to start on Monday, are set to last 26 weeks.
The height of the existing sea wall will be adapted, new setback walls will be constructed and floodgates are to be installed to allow access for maintenance along City Quay from Camperdown Dock gate to the Tay Road Bridge.
The scheme has been deemed necessary in a bid to reduce the risk of flooding to the new £1 billion Waterfront area and has been described as providing “a one-in-200-year standard of protection”.
Lynne Short, convener of the City Development Committee, said the plans would be visually pleasing and also provide adequate defences.
She said: “Having seen the work which has already been started at the airport — it is absolutely beautiful.
“It’s very well done. It’s in part of my ward so I have been involved in negotiations and considerations regarding the City Quay. It is good forward planning.
“We need to be aware of climate change and good preventative action is being taken.
“I’d say bear with road closures because it will be a long term benefit with short term inconveniences.”
Work will also be carried out to adapt the existing infrastructure along Riverside Drive — from Discovery Point to the Bridge View Station building — while new setback flood defence walls and floodgates will be installed between the Bridge View Station building and Dundee Airport.
The work is part of an overall plan to protect Dundee’s shores, including stretching up to the Ferry, with a consultation held last year on proposals.
As part of the feedback, it was revealed residents backed plans to erect a 1m high wall along the length of the area’s waterfront.