A726 College Milton Rail Bridge Refurbishment
As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme, Scotland TranServ is proposing to refurbish the A726 College Milton Rail Bridge in East Kilbride.
In order to complete the 11 week programme of works as quickly and safely as possible our contractor will implement a three phase approach which includes a series of lane closures on the A726 between West Mains Road and Eaglesham Road Roundabouts.
Rebecca Macdonald, Scotland TranServ’s Assistant Network Bridges Engineer said:
“We have been working in consultation with the local authority, emergency services, utility companies and key stakeholders to carefully programme these works. The A726 is a very busy stretch of carriageway which is used around the clock by commuters, freight traffic and the many businesses located in the College Milton estate and elsewhere in East Kilbride.
“In order that they can be delivered with minimum disruption and maximum efficiency, works will follow South Lanarkshire Council’s resurfacing of Stewartfield Way.”
Scotland TranServ is proposing to begin the works on Sunday the 15th of March, with completion programmed for the end of May.
The project will be delivered under phased traffic management, however, a single lane in either direction will be maintained for the duration of the works. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the A726 westbound carriageway on approach to Eaglesham Road Roundabout to reduce congestion on Eaglesham Road. From the beginning of April, phased pedestrian management will also be in place.
Total closures will be required to install/remove traffic management and changes to lane phasing. All of which will be undertaken during nightshifts (approx. 15th March, 1st April, 29th April and 29th May, subject to change).
“The works will entail concrete repairs and waterproofing of the bridge deck, with additional improvements to drainage, the installation of new containment kerbing and modernised pedestrian guardrails. The programme will be completed with the resurfacing of the footways and approximately 300m of resurfacing to the A726 carriageway.”
In order to reduce Scotland TranServ’s wider impact on the community, the Strategic Road Safety team will further utilise the traffic management to install a new pedestrian crossing on the Queensway adjacent to the retail park.
Road Safety Site Engineer, Bruce Wade added:
“We’ve been working with the local community on the planning of this crossing. It will help to provide safer access to the growing retail park and facilities on both the Hairmyres and West Mains sides of the A726. This is an extremely busy road for both commuters and freight traffic, with an industrial estate and large secondary school all located nearby.
“Investment into a new pedestrian crossing on the A726 is one of a number of strategic road safety schemes being carried out by Scotland TranServ across South West Scotland, supporting the safety of drivers and pedestrians across the region.”
Throughout the programme of works, drivers are advised to allow some extra time for their journeys, with our specialist traffic modelling contractors forecasting delays of up to 15 minutes on existing journey times. Live trunk road updates will be available by visiting trafficscotland.org, or by following @trafficscotland on Twitter.