M8 M73 M74 MOTORWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT INVITE RESIDENTS TO DROP-IN DAY EVENT
Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), is offering local residents the opportunity to meet with them and hear first-hand how this significant infrastructure project will bring major benefits to the surrounding communities.
An informal drop-in day event will take place from 12 noon to 8pm at the Holiday Inn Express, Strathclyde Country Park on Thursday, 21st May, providing residents with the opportunity to view SRP’s plans of the new road layout and provide an overview of the construction works scheduled for the months ahead.
The improvements at Raith Junction will require complex traffic management including speed restrictions, temporary lane closures and diversions, to allow excavation works to start on the construction of the A725 underpass below the existing roundabout.
The new underpass will link the Bellshill Bypass and the East Kilbride Expressway (A725) and create a new route for traffic, cutting out the heavily congested Raith Junction.
Gabriel Valtueña-Ramos, General Manager for SRP "The works at Raith are taking place in an extremely restricted area and the biggest challenge is to keep the high volumes of traffic already using this junction moving and to ensure disruption to road users and residents is minimised a far as is practically possible.
"We have planned our works to ensure two lanes will remain operational in each direction across all project roads during peak times, although traffic management and speed restrictions will be in place."
Graeme Reid, Project Sponsor for Transport Scotland, added:
"The improvements to Raith Junction will tackle the congestion problems currently experienced by road users at this busy junction and will capitalise on the significant investment being made across the A8/ M8, M73 and M74. Together, these major infrastructure improvements will improve journey time reliability, deliver congestion cutting measures and make our roads even safer, benefitting communities, businesses and the environment."