M-way team faces public

The joint venture building a £500m motorway project has been telling residents of three towns how they’ll be affected by the works in the coming months.

Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), the contractor on the M8 M73 M74 improvements scheme invited people from Bothwell, Uddingston and Hamilton to learn more about the major works underway on the M74 and at Raith Junction.

The event at a hotel in Strathclyde Country Park gave locals the opportunity to view plans of the new layout and get an overview of the civil engineering works scheduled for the months ahead.

Improvements at Raith Junction will require complex traffic management including speed restrictions, temporary lane closures and diversions to allow excavation works to start on the construction of the A725 underpass below the existing roundabout. The underpass will link the Bellshill Bypass and the East Kilbride Expressway (A725) and create a new route for traffic, cutting out the heavily-congested Raith Junction.

Gabriel Valtueña-Ramos, general manager at SRP, said: “The works at Raith are taking place in an extremely restricted area and the biggest challenge is to keep the high volumes of traffic already using this junction moving and to ensure disruption to road users and residents is minimised a far as is practically possible.

“We have planned our works to ensure two lanes will remain operational in each direction across all project roads during peak times, although traffic management and speed restrictions will be in place.”


Article posted 20/5/2015