A new multi-million pound project to improve safety and reduce levels of congestion on the A69 has been announced by Highways England.
The scheme will see major upgrades to the A69 Bridge End junction, with work due to start later this year.
Major upgrades to get underway
Highways England project manager Russell Mclean said: “The A69 is used by around 26,000 drivers every day and these essential improvements will make the A69 safer while reducing congestion and improving journeys.”
He added that the upgrade will also improve access to the A69 into Hexham and will support future action to dual the route.
The scheme will involve the installation of new permanent speed cameras between Hexham West and Haydon Bridge, as well as Warwick and Corby.
It will also see upgrades to the A69 junction at Bridge End, with a lowering of the carriageway to enable future travellers to avoid using the existing roundabout.
In total, 90,000 cubic metres of soil will be removed from the site, while minor resurfacing of the carriageway is also scheduled to take place.
Work in the area is scheduled to begin in October and is being paid for through the Department for Transport’s £220 million Congestion Relief Fund.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “These upgrades to the A69 will benefit travellers greatly once complete. They’ll help to cut journey times in future, as well as making the route safer for all.”
Anyone planning journeys in the Glasgow area are advised of possible overnight delays for four nights from September 2nd.
The M74 northbound carriageway between Junction 4 Maryville
and the M73 southbound merge, near Junction 3A Daldowie, will be closed.
Safety is paramount for all projects
Carriageway resurfacing and bridge repairs will take place
each evening from 8pm to 6am, with drivers urged to avoid the area if possible.
Signposted diversions will be in place for four nights via
the M73 northbound link road to Junction 2 Baillieston before returning to the
M73 southbound and M74 northbound at Junction 1 Maryville.
Access to the M74 will be maintained in both directions
throughout the planned works.
Transport Scotland has apologised to travellers affected by the closures but stressed the necessity of doing so in order to safeguard the wellbeing of engineers working in the area.
Motorists who are planning journeys during the affected
period are asked to leave additional time to reach their destination and to
plan their journeys in advance, taking into account the necessary diversion.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “The works are all taking place overnight and so traffic volumes should be lower. However, drivers who are travelling in the area in the coming days should appreciate and understand the importance of keeping workers safe.”
Existing traffic management restrictions around the Luncarty
Junction are to be extended as part of the ongoing A9 dualling programme.
The new traffic restrictions will come into effect from
August 29th and are anticipated to remain in place until spring 2021.
Extended traffic management could mean delays
Northbound traffic on the A9 will be reduced to a single
lane, with traffic guided to cross the central reservation as part of an
It will be in effect on the approach to Luncarty Junction as
part of the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam A9 dualling works.
A spokesperson for Transport Scotland stated: “This marks the start of the second major phase of traffic management for the project to dual the A9 from Luncarty to Pass of Birnam.
“This essential traffic management will open up the
site and allow our contractor to continue works on the construction of the new
northbound carriageway at this location.”
Motorists are advised the traffic management system will be
monitored around the clock, with drivers expected to face some delays when
travelling in this area for the foreseeable future.
The extension of the traffic management area is integral to
the safe delivery of tying the new section of northbound carriageway into the
existing dual carriageway.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Motorists may face delays in the area during the coming months but, once completed, the project will deliver faster journeys and a major boost to the local economy in the years ahead.”
An eight-week project to investigate ground conditions in the vicinity of the A90/A937 Laurencekirk junction will begin later this month.
Starting on May 20th, the investigation will focus on informing the design phase of planned improvements to the junction to limit future congestion.
Potential disruption for travellers
As part of the project, a number of traffic management schemes will be imposed. This includes alternate single file traffic sections on the adjoining A937 side road, as well as temporary traffic lights.
A spokesperson for Transport Scotland stated: “We apologise for any inconvenience these works will cause and would thank road users and local communities in advance for their patience during the works.”
Motorists in the area are advised to plan their journeys in advance and to leave additional time to reach their destination during the project period.
Live updates on traffic volumes in the area will be available via the Traffic Scotland website, Twitter feed or Traffic Scotland radio.
The contractor will be monitoring all traffic volumes and will be adjusting traffic management schemes to ensure delays are kept to a minimum.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Groundworks in the area will play a vital part in informing the future layout of the junction. It’s an essential step in delivering the best possible outcome for local businesses and the surrounding community.”
Communities affected by the continuing upgrade of the A9 carriageway between Pass of Birnam and Tay Crossing will be able to attend several important events in the coming weeks.
Two community engagement events will be taking place at Birnam Arts and Conference Centre and will run from 11am to 9pm on Thursday and Friday, May 16th and 17th.
Why is it important to attend?
A range of routes for the new dualling of the A9 are being discussed at present, and details of each of the current options are being showcased at these drop-ins.
Members of the local community, as well as those affected by the changes to local transport infrastructure, will have a chance to find out more about the project so far and to air their opinions on each of the options.
Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “I would encourage members of the local community, road users and anyone else with an interest in this scheme, to come along to one of the events in Birnam later this month to see the options being presented.
“We expect to identify a preferred option for this section of the route later this year.”
He added that this is a challenging part of the A9 dualling programme and therefore any input from local communities and interested parties will be welcomed by the design team.
Mr Matheson concluded the last round of events in March proved extremely enlightening and he has high hopes that these new events will prove similarly successful.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Upgrades to the A9 will provide welcome benefits to the local community, economy and businesses in the area in the coming years. All those affected by the project should not miss their opportunity to have their say on the current plans.”