A898 Erskine Bridge safety barrier works begin
22 August 2013
The main phase of a multi-million pound investment by Transport Scotland to replace the vehicle safety barriers on the Erskine Bridge is due to commence on Saturday 14 September and last for approximately 10 months.
The project which is being carried out by Highway Barrier Solutions (HBS), on behalf of Scotland TranServ, is a more complex operation which involves additional traffic management measures.
In preparation for the works and over the first weekend (14 and 15 September) traffic will follow a two way, single lane system to allow the installation of a temporary barrier. Delays of between 45 and 60 minutes are expected during this time.
The main phase of the works, which will commence on Monday 16 September, will require traffic to travel in a single lane in each direction over the bridge, with the temporary barrier system providing protection to the road workers and motorists alike. Delays are then expected to be reduced to around 30 minutes during peak times.
On the south side of the bridge the A726 to A898 northbound on slip from the Spectacle Roundabout will be closed to vehicles except buses, works traffic and emergency vehicles.
Russell Rennie, contract director for Scotland TranServ commented:
“This is a vital project to upgrade the Erskine Bridge and ensure the safety of motorists travelling across the Erskine Bridge for years to come.
“Although preparatory works have been carried out to help reduce the disruption, delays are inevitable. We urge motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys by visiting Traffic Scotland’s website or following @TrafficScotland on Twitter.”
The project will see the vehicle safety barriers being replaced over the entire length of the structure. A speed limit of 40mph will be implemented which will increase to 50mph upon completion of the project; bringing it into line with other major bridges in the UK.
Advanced warning signs will be placed on the approach to the works to ensure motorists are aware of the traffic management measures. Recovery vehicles will also be positioned at each end of the bridge providing 24/7, free and quick assistance if required.
- All motorway traffic will be diverted via the A726 to M898 southbound on slip then onwards to the M8 westbound to Junction 31 (Westferry) before returning eastbound.
- All non-motorway traffic should follow the diversion to the Clyde Tunnel before returning on the A82 westbound. On the north side, newly installed traffic lights on the A82/A898 on-slips will be in operation.
Frequently asked questions – A898 Erskine Bridge FAQs
Information leaflet (updated January 2014) – Erskine Bridge A5 Leaflet