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Sheriffhall Roundabout upgrade paving the way for £30 million Dalkeith bypass

Work on a £2.2 million package of improvements upgrading the key A720 Sheriffhall Roundabout in advance of the Dalkeith by-pass will start this month (Monday June 23). The project is expected to last around 12 weeks.

The roundabout, currently used by 70,000 vehicles daily, is a vital point in the network linking the A7, A68 and the A720 city by-pass. It also provides access into Edinburgh from the south.

This upgrade scheme, designed by Atkins and managed by BEAR Scotland on Transport Scotland’s behalf, includes lane widening on the roundabout and its approach roads; installing new traffic signals; introducing real-time traffic monitoring equipment; resurfacing the roundabout and approach roads; erecting new high mast street lighting and improving safety barriers.

Duncan McCallum, Senior Road Engineer, Transport Scotland said:

"The £30 million A68 Dalkeith By-pass will open later this year and will bring significant benefits to Dalkeith, reducing congestion and improving the quality of life for local residents.

"In the meantime, this work will ensure Sheriffhall roundabout is ready for the changing demands that the opening of the by-pass will bring as well as generally upgrading the junction which is already one of the busiest on the network."

Much of the works will be carried out at night and during off peak times to minimise disruption.  However, essential daytime restrictions during the early phases of the project are expected to cause delays to motorists. A reduced speed limit of 40mph will be in place for the safety of both road workers and road users.

John Murphy, BEAR Scotland South East Director said:

"Full and updated information will be made available throughout the improvement works. We would advise drivers to allow extra time for their journey and pay close attention to the traffic management which will change regularly."

Drivers are asked to leave plenty of time for their journeys and to plan their trip in advance by visiting www.trafficscotland.org for real-time traffic information and advice.

Publication Date: 
Wed 11/Jun/2008
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