M74 closure looms


A weekend closure of the main road between Scotland and England will take place next month to allow demolition of the final structure in the £500m M8 M73 M74 motorway improvements project.

Transport Scotland has warned motorists to expect “significant” delays on the M74 and surrounding roads in both directions from Junction 4 Maryville to Junction 5 Raith. The closure, from 8pm on Friday November 18 to 6am on Monday 21, is required to demolish the Bothwellpark Road Bridge.

Graeme Reid, Transport Scotland’s project manager, said: “This is the most significant road closure we have implemented as part of the works and we are anticipating major delays on all approaches, the surrounding roads and the main diversion route.”

Gabriel Valtueña-Ramos, general manager of contractor Scottish Roads Partnership, added: “We considered a range of options to undertake the demolition of the bridge and following extensive consultation with stakeholders, it was determined that the weekend closure was the most efficient solution in terms of reducing disruption to road users.”

Up to 140,000 vehicles use the route on a typical weekend.



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Article posted 23/10/2016