Drivers travelling to Ninewells Hospital have been warned to expect weeks of delays as the second phase of roadworks carried out on two main routes around the hospital gets under way.
Scottish Gas Networks kicked off a six-week programme of mains replacement on Riverside Drive last week and Tayside Contracts are now undertaking resurfacing work at Charleston Drive, the main approach to Ninewells through Menzieshill.
Mark Flynn, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, admitted the closures could potentially impact thousands of people travelling to and from the hospital but urged motorists to be patient while the work is carried out.
The resurfacing work will take place between Earn Crescent and Lochay Place and is not scheduled to finish until Friday, August 24.
Mr Flynn said: “Not only is Charleston Drive one of the main arteries in Menzieshill it is a bus route into and out of Ninewells Hospital so we understand that this work will be an inconvenience to a lot of people.
“The alternative routes will be well signposted and I would ask for patience and co-operation so that Tayside Contracts can get on with what needs to be done as quickly and smoothly as possible.”
The work will be carried out in three sections, the first of which is due to last four days from August 6 and will cover Earn Crescent to Spey Drive.
The second section, where Charleston Drive meets Spey Drive, will take place over the weekend of August 11 and 12.
The final section of the road, from Spey Drive to Lochay Place, will be resurfaced between August 13 and 24.
Access for businesses and residents will be maintained where possible, although drivers are being asked to avoid the area during the works if possible.
Diversions will be in place for bus services 17, 22, 29 and 29S.
To compensate, a shuttle service 22C will loop clockwise around Menzieshill every 12 minutes providing transport to Ninewells and connecting with service 22 on Glamis Road at Balgay Cemetery.
Stagecoach services will not serve Dickson Avenue and will travel via Ninewells Avenue and Tom McDonald Avenue to Ninewells Hospital.
The Scottish Ambulance Service said they did not expect the closures to cause any difficulties for their vehicles getting to the hospital in an emergency.