£40 million M74 upgrade continues

The fifth phase of the £40 million upgrade of the A74(M)/M74 between Junction 22 (Gretna) and Junction 12 (Millbank) will begin on April 2 2016.

The major resurfacing project is being delivered in phases over five years and, on completion, will deliver over 80 miles of new road surfacing.

The work is being carried-out by Autolink on behalf of Transport Scotland and everything possible is being done to minimise disruption during sixteen weeks of the programme.

Traffic will be limited to 40mph in the work zone interests for safety of the workforce and road users. No significant delays are expected but people should plan their journeys and leave some extra time.

A spokesperson Autolink said:

“The fifth phase of a programme of improvements will begin on the 2 April 2016 at various locations over four months.

"This is a busy route that carries more than 32,000 vehicles a day between the Borders and the central belt and when the project is complete an area equivalent to 200 football pitches will have been resurfaced.

“We are working closely with local communities to ensure they are kept informed of these works as they are delivered. Our aim is to minimise disruption but traffic management is essential for the safety of road workers and road users alike.

“We urge drivers to plan their journeys in advance using all the available information such as Traffic Scotland website and radio bulletins.”

Traffic will be limited to 40mph through the works in the interests of safety for the workforce and motorists. A minimum of two lanes will be available in each direction to motorists during the day. Motorists should allow extra time for their journeys or consider using an alternative route while the works are carried out.

Notes to editors

The section of road between the English Border and Junction 12 (Millbank) has been operated and maintained by Autolink since 1997.

Phase 1 of these works commenced on the 30th June 2012. The 2016 works programme is the 5th year of a 5 year programme of improvements.

The phases of planned work for 2016 are outlined below and a location plan is available from the Transport Scotland News Team on the number detailed below.

Junction 21 (Kirkpatrick Fleming) – Woodhouse Mains Overbridge
Northbound carriageway
Anticipated Start Date: 2nd April 2016
Duration: 3 Weeks

Brieryhill Bridge
Southbound carriageway
Anticipated Start Date: 15th April 2016
Duration: 1 Week

Wooly Sike Culvert to Junction 13 (Abington)
North and Southbound carriageway
Anticipated Start Date: 3rd May 2016
Duration: 4 Weeks

Hurlburn Underpass to Leadhills Overbridge
Northbound carriageway
Anticipated Start Date: 31st May 2016
Duration: 2 Weeks

Wildshaw Burn Culvert to Wooly Sike Culvert
North and Southbound carriageway
Anticipated Start Date: 18th June 2016
Duration: 2 Weeks

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