£1m resilience project to improve A75
25 February 2014
A £1m investment from Transport Scotland will see significant improvements to the A75 Dumfries Bypass which will use sustainable techniques to rebuild the road surface beginning Friday 28 February.
Scotland TranServ will carry out the series of works, extending over 2km in length, on the A75 in both directions between Glasgow Road Roundabout and Cargenwater Roundabout to address wear and tear to the road and help protect the carriageway from extreme weather conditions in the future.
The environmentally friendly ‘crack & seat’ recycling technique reuses the existing concrete foundations to rebuild the road. This method not only reduces the need for large goods vehicles to deliver new building materials to site but also means for this contract alone a reduction of some 7,500 tonnes of material being taken to landfill – the equivalent to the weight of almost 200 fully laden heavy goods vehicles. This is also significantly quicker than traditional road reconstruction methods.
Russell Rennie, contract director for Scotland TranServ commented:
“This road is starting to show signs of cracking and potholing and that is why it is vital that we rebuild it before it deteriorates further.
“By using sustainable methods, we can address this problem while contributing to Transport Scotland’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its operations.
“Road users will in turn benefit from a well maintained trunk road for years to come in advance of Homecoming Scotland 2014 events including the Commonwealth Games and the construction of the new Dumfries Hospital later this year.”
Scotland TranServ will carry out the works over three weekends when traffic volumes are lighter to help minimise delays. The A75 will operate under a total closure in this area only during the works which will take place in three phases, between 7.00pm and 6.00am from Friday 28 February to Monday 3 March, Friday 7 to Monday 10 March and finally Friday 28 to Monday 31 March.
During these times eastbound traffic will exit the A75 at Cargenwater Roundabout on to A780 Castle Douglas Road, continuing to its junction with Glasgow Street, turning left into A76 Glasgow Street and re-joining the A75 at Glasgow Road Roundabout.
Traffic travelling west bound should exit the A75 at Glasgow Road Roundabout onto the A76 Glasgow Road, continuing along the A76 Glasgow Street in lane two, before turning right at the junction with A780 Galloway Street and continuing along A780 to rejoin the A75 at Cargenwater Roundabout.