A77 Combined Investment announced
As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme, Scotland TranServ willcombine a number of resurfacing and improvement projects for the A77 this October.
In order to keep disruption to an absolute minimum for commuters and freight traffic using this busy route, works are being combined into two weekend phases.During each phase it will be necessary to close the trunk road.
This extensive programme of work will see the resurfacing of over 8,000m2 of carriageway at various locations between Cairnryan and Maybole.
Gordon Coppard, Scotland TranServ’s Network Area Engineer said:
“Following a particularly harsh and prolonged winter, the condition of the trunk road has deteriorated. With the onset of Autumn/Winter it is essential that we accelerate this programme of works to take advantage of the milder weather before the winter begins. The safety of the trunk road user is paramount, and a planned scheme is always preferential to emergency works.
“Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland iscarrying out around £3Million of investment in addition to these phased programmes. We have been workingalongside local authorities, emergency services and key stakeholders to schedule these works for maximum efficiency and minimum disruption. Together we have worked to schedule these projects outwith the busy summertime period, when traffic volumes are higher.”
The programme of works during Phase 1 will include two patching schemes and a barrier replacement project. It will require the closure of the A77 from 8pm on Fri 5th until 6am on Mon 8th October 2018.
Traffic management has been developed taking into account the Ayr Railway Station disruption to travel. Scotland Transerv will allow special access for the alternative bus service to be escorted through our site.
This programme of works includes:
• Carlock Hill to Minor Junction, south of Ballantrae, consisting 4005m2 numerous patches • Ardwell Farm to Ardmillan Castle, south of Girvan consisting 1140m2 patching works • Kennedy’s Pass, replacement of 600m of trunk road barrier to enhance driver safety. Barrier reaching end of maintainable life and in need of replacement
Scotland TranServ’s Deputy Planned MaintenanceManager, Laura Gray added:
“Scotland TranServ has identified the trunk road barrierat Kennedy’s Pass as being at the end of itsmaintainable life and in need of replacement. In order to reduce disruption to local communities and businesses using the A77, we are working with our colleagues to take full advantage of their existing closure to complete this project without further impact on the travelling public.”
A second, similar phase of works is also being planned for the weekend of Friday 26th (8pm) to Monday 29th(6am) of October. This second road closure will allow for four schemes resurfacing the A77.
This programme of works will include:
• Burnside, north of Girvan, consisting of 509m2 of patching works • North of Alginate Factory at Dipple, north of Girvan, consisting of 391m2 of patching• Turnberry south gateway, consisting of 1942m2 of patching
Due to the narrow road width along some sections of the A77, and the challenging geography of the carriageway; lane restrictions alone impose too great a risk to both the travelling public and our workers.
Motorists are advised to allow additional time for their journey. Further information is available on the Scotland TranServ website. Drivers can check trafficscotland.org or follow @trafficscotland for live trunk road updates before they start their journey.
This investment into the A77 is one of a number of such programmes being carried out by Scotland TranServ across South West Scotland, supporting the economic growth and development of the area.
Andy Fraser, Scotland TranServ’s Operating Company Representative concluded:
“Across South West Scotland, we’re working on behalf of Transport Scotland to prioritise such road maintenance issues and deliver our road surface improvement projects as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. This programme of work has therefore been scheduled to be delivered with maximum efficiency and minimal disruption.”