Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland will carry out an important, overnight lighting replacement programme on the M8.
Ageing high mast lights between junctions 17 and 19 will be replaced by new masts incorporating more energy efficient modern LED lighting, delivering energy efficiency savings of more than 50 percent.
Aled Davies, Scotland TranServ’s Senior Lighting Engineer said:
“This programme of overnight works will replace 36 ageing high mast lights with new energy efficient lighting. These new LED lights not only save on power and associated costs, but they are also perceptively brighter. Also, because the masts can be centrally controlled, there is flexibility to produce even greater long-term energy savings.”
Some preparatory work has already taken place, with the remainder of the schedule programmed for overnight working in order to keep disruption to a minimum.
Work is scheduled overnight from 20.00 hours on the evening of Sunday 12th March to early morning of Monday 27th March, 2017, with all traffic management removed before 06.00 hours each morning. Further traffic management and pedestrian access details are available HERE.
Congratulations to our Go4Set team from Trinity High School who won the Lanarkshire Final of the competition this afternoon.
They now go on to represent the region in the National finals which will take place at Holyrood, competing against schools from all over Scotland.
Craig MacGarvie, one of Scotland TranServ’s Go4Set champions said:
“After all the hard work put in by both Trinity High and Cathkin High School, it’s great to see this reward. The two schools were very competitive throughout, and clearly that has inspired them both to do so well. We hope that the programme can inspire some of these teenagers to pursue careers in engineering and other STEM related fields.”
Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland is starting a half-million pounds project to address potholes and surface cracking on the A75, between Annan and Gretna.
With up to 9,000 vehicles using Euroroute 18 every day, this is one of the busiest economic and commuter roads in the region. Scotland TranServ has already carried out significant work at numerous locations along the 153km long trunk road to address such issues.
Jane Maclennan, Scotland TranServ’s Assistant Engineer on the project said:
“Potholes and surface cracking are widely recognised issues on the A75, and working with Transport Scotland, we’re doing everything possible to identify the most pertinent locations and programme improvement works to address these defects.
“The A75 is one of the longest routes in Dumfries and Galloway, and we’re working hard to prioritise the most pressing road surface issues. We have scheduled the most significant element of the project for a weekend, in order to reduce the impact on commuters, businesses and families.”
Working with DG First and specialist sub-contractor Webfell, Scotland TranServ will use the Crack and Seat method to deliver this £475,000 improvement project between Riggmoor and Nivenhill. Crack and Seat has already been used successfully on a number of projects along the A75.
In order to carry out the project as quickly and safely as possible it will be necessary to work continuously from 7pm Friday 10 March to 6am Monday 13 March, therefore requiring the closure of the road during this time. For further traffic management information please click HERE.
Scotland Transerv is assisting Transport Scotland to modernise and improve lighting on the A82 Dalnottar Interchange.
The short programme of overnight work will be carried out by Principal Contractor Lightways, and will see the replacement of 16 ageing high mast lights. These will be switched to brighter, more energy efficient modern alternatives.
Peter McCann, Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager said:
“We are working to improve lighting on the Dalnottar Interchange. This LED lighting not only helps to reduce long-term maintenance costs but can cut energy usage by up to 70 percent, helping Scotland to meet its long-term environmental targets.”
In order to carry out the work it will be necessary to implement traffic management on the A82 and Erskine Bridge slip roads at the Dalnottar Interchange. To keep disruption to an absolute minimum, this work will be carried out overnight, and is expected to last for 10 nights.
Work is scheduled from 20.00 hours on the evening of Friday 3rd March to early morning of Tuesday 14th March, 2017, with all traffic management removed before 06.00 hours each morning. Further traffic management details are available HERE.
The works have been programmed to ensure delays are kept to an absolute minimum, and are expected to be less than 10 minutes, due only to the extra distance required to travel the short diversion routes. Because the work has been scheduled for overnight, we do not anticipate any congestion or queues.
Archaeologists working on behalf of Scotland TranServ, have made significant developments in exposing an industrial heritage site on the route of the planned A737 Dalry Bypass.
As part of the advanced works, ahead of the project start later this year, Headland Archaeology has been carefully unearthing a lime kiln.
Archaeologists have stripped back the top soil to reveal the 150-year old structure in all its glory. The archaeological team is now working to preserve a digital record of the site.
Alan Gilmour, Scotland TranServ’s General Manager for Network and Operations said:
“As the Principal Contractor, on behalf of Transport Scotland, we’ve been working to facilitate the start of the bypass project. These advanced works included this archaeological scheme. It’s an interesting site, and the team is doing everything possible to provide a detailed digital record of this part of Scotland’s industrial heritage.”
Unfortunately due to the weather forecast of high winds for Friday and Saturday, it will be necessary to reschedule the gantry replacement works scheduled to take place on the M8 between Junction 15 & 14 East Bound this weekend.
The work was to include the closure of a number of access roads in the Charing Cross area of the city, which will not now go ahead. Work has been rescheduled for the 3rd and 4th of March.
Unfortunately due to the weather forecast of prolonged heavy rain for Friday and Saturday, the works scheduled to take place on the M74 Junction 8 Swinhill south bound on-slip this weekend have been postponed until further notice.
Advanced notification and revised construction date will be issued in due course when works are due to be rescheduled.
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We’ll have 29 spreaders treating and patrolling the 600km network that stretches from Loch Lomond down to Stranraer, maintaining the region’s major trunk road and motorway network.
In addition our innovative support vehicles, the UNIMOGs will be on hand to provide extra assistance where necessary.
Andrew Adam, Scotland TranServ’s Winter Service Manager added:
“It’s already been a busy day, with our teams working throughout the day ensuring the roads are kept clear; we provided mutual aid in deploying our UNIMOG vehicle to assist our counterparts clearing the M80.
“We’re expecting icy conditions overnight, with our 24/7 Control Centre and our overnight crews keeping a close eye on roads across the region as we head into the busy Friday morning rush hour. Again we would advise drivers to check Traffic Scotland’s website and social media channels for the latest news on Scotland’s roads.”
Rain and melting snow have created issues with surface water on the motorway and trunk road network, and motorists are being advised to drive with caution.
This too is likely to cause challenges with freezing temperatures forecast across Scotland this evening and overnight, with ice warnings issued.
Andrew Adam, Scotland TranServ’s Winter Service Manager said:
“Just as you would expect in Scotland, no two days ever provide the same weather. That’s why we need to remain alert to all eventualities. Working with Transport Scotland and our counterparts across the country we continually monitor forecasts, and utilise the knowledge and experience within our teams. We also use innovative new treatment methods and support vehicles to back up our joint efforts.”
Winter service on the Scottish Trunk Road network currently utilises a pre-wet operation which is 70% dry salt mixed with 30% brine solution. This winter we are trialling a full wet operation on one of our routes covering the A77 between Ayr and Kilmarnock, where the carriageway is fully treated with brine alone.
A brine solution of 23% concentration is applied directly onto the road surface by spraying and no dry salt is applied. Brine lowers the freezing point temperature of the solution, sticks to the carriageway surface and creates a barrier layer that will stop ice from forming and snow adhering to and accumulating on the road surface.
The full wet treatment is carried out using one our 32ton trucks which has tanks fitted to the body of the vehicle. These tanks have the capacity to carry 12,000 litres of brine solution, which is applied to the carriageway through spray bars fitted to the rear of the vehicle. The spread rate and width is controlled through a control box fitted in the cab, allowing the driver to increase or reduce the spread width and control where the solution is applied to the carriageway.
These treatments also have environmental benefits by better controlling spread onto the carriageway and preventing over spreading or salt blow off by wind onto verges or adjacent land. Spreading less salt will also reduce corrosion to roadside infrastructure and vehicles using the road network.
Full wet winter service is currently being used in Europe and Ireland and has a proven record of being successful when pre-treating carriageways and keeping them free from ice and snow. We trialled full wet on part of our route between the A77 Dutchouse Roundabout and Symington over our winter 2015/16 season which was successful and this trial is now expanding into a full route trial of full wet treatment.