Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, is reminding drivers of essential cable works on the Erskine Bridge this coming Saturday and Sunday of the September Weekend.
Ongoing works have been in place since August and are set to continue into October. The project is necessary in order to protect the long-term integrity of the supporting cables, a key structural component of the bridge.
Peter McCann, Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager said:
“This could be a particularly disruptive weekend, with many motorists using the Erskine Bridge and A82 to travel north for a short break over the long weekend. On Saturday, the Rangers versus Celtic game Kicks off at 12 noon at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow. We would therefore ask drivers to plan ahead, allow plenty of extra time for their journeys or consider alternative methods of transport.
“This is an essential project that will help protect the steel cables from corrosion for many years to come. Following extensive consultation with Police Scotland, the local authorities and key stakeholders, the decision was taken to work weekends, reducing the impact on commuters and freight traffic using the bridge Monday to Friday. These necessary works were also planned for outwith the tourism peak.”
In order to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible it will be necessary to implement temporary traffic management over the weekends of work only. The health and safety of our workers and of the travelling public is paramount to Scotland TranServ and therefore we will need to close the central lane on each side of the bridge.
Mr McCann continued:
“We would ask drivers to follow Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) updates on Twitter for live traffic information and to check latest delays on the bridge before they head out. Over recent weekends they have reported delays in excess of 45 minutes at peak weekend travel times. The potential for added volumes of tourism traffic on the bridge could also extend these delays yet further.”
Works that had been planned for the A82 over the weekend of 30th September and 1st October have been rescheduled. Erskine Bridge contractors Spencer Group and COWI will therefore now work through that weekend, contrary to initial scheduling.
Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland will resurface 0.8km of the M80 Southbound between Junction 2 off-slip and on-slip.
Working in consultation with the local authority and Police Scotland, the £175k project has been specifically scheduled for weekend overnights from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th September.
Rajan Singh, Scotland TranServ’s Assistant Engineer said:
“Scotland TranServ is working with local authorities, Police Scotland and key local stakeholders to ensure our improvement projects are delivered with minimal disruption in mind. This is a busy stretch of trunk road and the scheme has therefore been scheduled outwith the peak commuter periods.
“Our aim throughout the works is to keep overnight traffic as free flowing as possible. Only once the vehicle flow is sufficiently low will we implement traffic management.”
The health and safety of our workers and of the travelling public is of paramount importance to Scotland TranServ, and therefore it will be necessary to implement an overnight closure of the M80 Southbound between the Junction 2 off-slip and on-slip.
It is proposed that traffic management will be installed from 8pm each evening of the works until 7am the following morning on both the Friday and Saturday periods of overnight working. The Sunday evening works will operate from 8pm until 6am on Monday 19th September, ahead of peak commuter traffic flow.
Scotland TranServ, working on behalf of Transport Scotland has completed the resurfacing of the A77 North of the Stena Terminal ahead of schedule.
Work, that was due for completion at 6am on Friday morning (8th September), has now been finished a day ahead of schedule.
Alan Murray, Scotland TranServ’s Principal Design Engineer said:
“The community and local businesses have played an important role in ensuring this project ran smoothly. The word has been spread far and wide across both Scotland and Northern Ireland, with many organisations using their websites and social media channels to keep their customers informed on the works.
“We know how important an artery this is for the community and our contractors have pulled out all the stops to make sure this project was finished as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. We’re investing to improve the A77 road surface, with a number of other schemes being planned for the months ahead.
“Scotland TranServ will continue to work with local authorities, Police Scotland and key local stakeholders to ensure our improvement projects are delivered with minimal disruption in mind.”
Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will begin overnight resurfacing of the A82 northbound between Gavinburn Junction and Dunglass Roundabout on Monday 11th to Friday 15th of September.
The £190k project will help to tackle issues with potholes over a 2 kilometre stretch of the Northbound carriageway.
Brendan O’Sullivan, Scotland TranServ’s Network Area Manager said:
“This is a significant stretch of the A82, connecting Glasgow, Clydebank and Bowling with Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and the North. Working in liaison with Police Scotland, local authorities and key stakeholders, we’ve scheduled these works to cause minimal impact on the local community and business. Working outwith peak travel periods will allow us to deliver this programme quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Traffic management will be implemented from 8pm each night and lifted at 6am the following morning. Due to the road widths on this section of trunk road it will not be possible to carry out this work safely without closing the northbound carriageway of the A82 trunk road. This is to safeguard both Scotland TranServ’s operatives and trunk road users.
The low bridge in Bowling prohibits the A814 Dumbarton Road between Gavinburn and the Dunglass Roundabout being used as a diversion route as it is unsuitable for high sided vehicles.
Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland will replace the M8 motorway barriers between Junction 28 and 30 starting on Sunday 3rd of September until mid-October.
The trunk road management company has already replaced 13 kilometres of barriers in the last 18 months.
Laura Gray, Scotland TranServ’s Deputy Planned Maintenance Manager said:
“We’ve been working closely with Glasgow Airport, Police Scotland and local authorities to specifically schedule this significant programme of work for minimal impact on local commuters, businesses and air passengers. Works will be carried out overnight, with traffic management only
implemented once vehicle flow is satisfactorily low.”
The project, which will last for several weeks, will also avoid working on the busier Friday and Saturday overnights. It will run from 8pm each evening to 6am the following morning from Sunday to Thursday.
In order to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible Scotland TranServ will implement a full closure of the westbound carriageway with an offside lane closed in the eastbound direction. Mid way through the works the traffic management will alter to a full closure of the eastbound carriageway with an offside lane closure westbound.
“Already, Scotland TranServ has invested nearly £3million to replace M8 barriers that are reaching the end of their maintainable life. We’re working hard to resurface several kilometres of the motorway, and to improve lighting with new energy efficient LED lamps. In order to complete this work as quickly and safely as possible we often need to implement traffic management. Working overnight helps to reduce the impact on the communities and businesses while we carry out these important projects.”
On behalf of Transport Scotland, trunk road and motorway management company Scotland TranServ will carry out overnight resurfacing of the A82 Northbound from Sunday 3rd to Sunday 10th of September.
In order to complete this short programme of work addressing issues with potholes and structural cracking on the stretch from Garshake Road to the Barloan Roundabout it will be necessary to implement a convoy from 8pm each evening to 6am the following morning.
Lee Donnelly, Scotland TranServ’s Assistant Engineer said:
“We intend working through the night in order to minimise the disruption to local commuters and freight traffic. This is an important stretch of trunk road, linking up communities in Argyll and Bute, Stirlingshire and the Highlands and Islands with Glasgow and the Central Belt. Scotland TranServ is working hard to improve the quality of the A82 for the thousands of drivers who use it daily.”
The £217k project will see the resurfacing of 540m of the Northbound carriageway and also include resurfacing of the Barloan Roundabout.
This important work has been specifically scheduled out with the peak summer period, following discussions with ferry companies, community representatives and Police Scotland. The poor condition of the carriageway, and continuing deterioration of the road surface means that the urgent repair of the defects is ever more pressing. Potholes are appearing and being repaired on an increasingly frequent basis as the carriageway continues to deteriorate, with partial repair possible only to those more shallow defects.
Alan Murray, Scotland TranServ’s Principal Design Engineer said:
“We have worked extremely closely with Police Scotland, local authorities and key stakeholders in the design and planning of this essential programme of work for a number of months. The scheme has already been rescheduled twice before and we are keen that, with the current poor state of the road that this project is carried out as quickly as possible.
“Working with ferry companies and other stakeholders we have scheduled the work to take place out with the peak summer period. We are also working at weekends and overnight in order to minimise disruption to local communities and businesses as much as possible. Due to the geography of the area, an extensive diversion is necessary.”
In order to complete the resurfacing works, delivering a more durable solution to address issues with potholes and structural cracking as quickly and safely as possible, it will be necessary to carry out a series of road closures. These include:
Traffic management guidelines dictate that an absolute minimum width of 6m is required as a safe working space for carriageway improvements. The narrow width and snaking nature of the A77 at several points within this stretch mean that this cannot be achieved without a full road closure to ensure the safety of our workers and of the travelling public.
An extensive diversion route will be in place throughout. We would therefore advise motorists and ferry passengers in particular to carefully plan their journeys and allow additional travel time.
Motorists planning to use the Erskine Bridge this weekend are being advised that there could be significant delays and take this into account in their journey planning with above deck routine inspection and maintenance painting continuing.
Works to protect the long-term integrity of the supporting cable stays, a key structural component of the bridge, started last weekend, and will operate weekends for a further SEVEN weeks (with the exception of the weekend 30th September/ 1st October due to other works on the A82).
Delays of 15 minutes had originally been forecast by our traffic monitoring contractor, however hold ups of up to half an hour and more were experienced by some travellers.
Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager, Peter McCann said:
“We have been working in consultation with Transport Scotland, Police Scotland and the local authorities to revise the traffic management element of our works following last weekend’s significant delays.
“Lanes will now only be coned off in the immediate area of work, with the bridge reinstated to full lanes after that, while we will try to move traffic management as far away from the on-slip to still allow our contractors to work as safely and efficiently as possible.”
We will also look to extend the hours of working from 8am to 6pm each Saturday and Sunday to 7am until 7pm on these days.
Works will be undertaken with assistance from specialist supply chain partners, Spencer Group and COWI.
The health and safety of our workers and of the travelling public is paramount to Scotland TranServ and therefore we will need to close the over-taking lane on each side of the immediate area of work.
On behalf of Transport Scotland, motorway management company Scotland TranServ will carry out overnight resurfacing of 1.5km of the M8 Westbound and Junction 25 on slip.
The £150k maintenance project will run on four nights, beginning at 8pm on Friday 18th, with completion scheduled for 6am on the morning of Tuesday 22nd August.
Jonny Dyer, Scotland TranServ’s Lead Designer on the work scheme said:
“We’ve been working hard to reduce disruption for commuters and freight traffic on the M8, liaising with Police Scotland, key stakeholders and the local authorities to schedule this resurfacing programme to run through the night. Our resurfacing work will deliver long-term benefits in road quality for the 100,000 motorists using the motorway every day.”
In order to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible, it will be necessary to implement overnight lane closures. Vehicle flow will be monitored, with traffic management only implemented once numbers are sufficiently low.
Scotland TranServ, working on behalf of Transport Scotland will carry out resurfacing of 2.5km of the A76 near Hurlford from the evening of Friday 11th until the morning of Tuesday 15th August.
The £400k programme of work will involve surface dressing and resurfacing of the carriageway, addressing issues with potholes and structural cracking on this section of the road.
Lee Donnelly, Scotland TranServ’s Project Manager on this short programme of work said:
“In order to keep disruption to an absolute minimum we have worked in liaison with Police Scotland and local authorities to schedule this important programme for times of lowest traffic flow. The health and safety of our workers and of the travelling public is of utmost importance to Scotland TranServ and therefore it will be necessary to close this section of the A76 while these works are carried out.”
In order to complete the works with minimal impact on local commuters and businesses it will be necessary to close this stretch of the A76 from: