New Don Crossing opens months late and £7m over cost
The first cars crossed the Diamond Bridge in Aberdeen on Thursday afternoon.
A new bridge in Aberdeen has opened to the public more than six months late and cost nearly £7m more than expected.
The Diamond Bridge on the River Don was scheduled to be completed in late 2015 and cost around £15.5m.
Problems with bad weather, difficulty rerouting underground utilities and the death of a construction worker pushed the project back.
When the scheme was first discussed by city councillors in 2005, it was expected to cost around £6.3m.
The first cars drove across the span between Tillydrone and the Bridge of Don on Thursday afternoon.
The project has popularly been referred to as the Third Don Crossing, although the Diamond Bridge will actually be the eighth road across the Don.