Improving D&G’s Roads for Generations to Come
12 May 2014
Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland will begin a £1.5million programme to improve the trunk roads infrastructure across Dumfries and Galloway for decades to come.
The improvement programme will deliver long-term benefits to drivers along the A75 from Annan to Dumfries through to Castle Douglas and on the A76 from Dumfries to Kilmarnock, in an efficient, sustainable manner.
Ken Bryden, Scotland TranServ’s Network Area Manager for Dumfries & Galloway said:
“Throughout Dumfries and Galloway Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland is delivering long-term improvements to the vital trunk roads network connecting our major towns and villages. Our programme of work over the next few months is innovative, sustainable and will deliver long-term benefits to road users across the region. We’re improving road structure, surfacing and technology to keep commuters, visitors and freight traffic flowing for decades to come.”
Improvement work scheduled for this year includes:
- A701 St Anne’s Bridge
A patching programme to improve the road surface and improve the quality of the road for drivers for many years to come. The bridge is a listed structure and therefore Scotland TranServ is keeping SNH informed of the work. The project will also introduce innovative new traffic light technology, used for only the second time in Scotland.
- Thornhill A76
Reconstruction of a section of the A76 north of Thornhill will take place to strengthen the road. This will improve the road surface and provide a road surface capable of sustaining traffic flows for many years to come.
- A75 Dumfries Bypass
Using the pioneering Crack and Seat process our project team will remove the surface layer of the road, then introduce hairline fractures into the base layer in order to allow for expansion and contraction during extreme weather conditions, thus improving the longevity of both the road base and surface. Work is expected to be carried out over the space of a weekend to help reduce disruption to motorists.
- A75 Annan Bypass (weekend 17th & 18th May 2014)
Similar project using crack and seat technology will see the replacement of the road surface, with hairline fractures introduced to road base to allow expansion and contraction of road during periods of extreme cold weather and warmer summer days. Work is expected to be carried out over the weekend in order to reduce disruption.
- A75 Castle Douglas Bypass
Again crack and seat method will be used to improve the bypass, west of A713. Work will take place over one weekend, with a local diversion route operating through Castle Douglas between Friday evening and very early Monday morning.
Across south west Scotland we manage and maintain around 636 kilometres of trunk roads over 22 routes, taking in around 1800 structures including the Kingston and Erskine Bridges. In Dumfries and Galloway we work closely with DG First to maintain 262 kilometres of the trunk road network stretching from Gretna to Stranraer, and Dumfries to Kirkconnel.
Russell Rennie, Scotland TranServ’s Contract Director concluded:
“With a total of 262 kilometres of trunk roads, Dumfries and Galloway makes up more than a third of our network and while the motoring population is far smaller than that of Glasgow or Ayrshire, it is every bit as important. At Scotland TranServ we’re working hard to improve the quality of the trunk roads network for local drivers and the volumes of freight traffic using these important roads every day, supporting the economic growth and development of the region through our work.
“Across the region, on behalf of Transport Scotland we’re working hard to improve the quality of our network while delivering an efficient, sustainable programme of work that is innovative, collaborative and proactive. We’re delivering new and improved methods and technology that will help us to play our part in protecting Scotland’s natural environment and reduce disruption to local drivers, our customers and our stakeholders.”