M8 Kingston Bridge Works set to cause delays!
As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road maintenance programme, Scotland TranServ is supervising essential upgrading work to the cope and parapets on the M8 Kingston Bridge South Approaches.
Following successful completion of the westbound phase prior to Christmas, Raynesway Construction Ltd will now replace the edge coping, vehicle barriers and expansion joints on the East bound carriageway on the south approach structure.
(image via wikipedia - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_Bridge,_Glasgow)
Traffic management will be implemented on the M8 eastbound carriageway from Sunday the 07th January 2018 with planned overall completion expected in March 2018.
In order to work as safely and efficiently as possible, it will be necessary to narrow the lanes on the bridge through the work zone with a reduced speed limit of 40mph.
To implement the narrow lanes and erect a temporary vehicle barrier, overnight closures of the east bound carriageway will be implemented on Sunday 7th to Wednesday 10th January. Traffic will be diverted onto local roads before joining the M8 eastbound carriageway beyond the works area.
Peter McCann, Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager said:
“The Kingston Bridge and its approaches are now 50 years old and require regular routine maintenance. The crossing is the busiest in Scotland and is an integral part of life and business in the West of Scotland.
“The westbound phase of works has been delivered with everything possible done to minimise disruption for road users. We’ve been working in liaison with Police Scotland, Local Authorities and key stakeholders to ensure that this next phase of essential improvement work is delivered in a similar manner. Narrowing the lanes will allow our contractors to work as quickly and safely as possible, while maximising the traffic flow.”
However delays of up to 20 minutes are to be expected during peak periods.
Mr McCann continued:
“Whilst the westbound phase of works was delivered with minimal delay, potential delays of up to 20 minutes have been forecasted by our specialist traffic flow modeller and we would ask drivers to either allow additional time for their journeys, seek alternative routes or travel times. They could also consider park and ride or switch to public transport. We would advise motorists to always check latest roads information on trafficscotland.org or by following @trafficscotland on Twitter.”