Major closures at M74/A725 Raith Interchange this weekend
Motorists are advised there will be a partial closure of Raith roundabout from 8pm on Friday 5 May until 6am on Monday 8 May 2017 to carry out essential resurfacing works.
The northern and eastern sides of Raith roundabout will be completely shut for road surfacing as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.
This will be in addition to the closure at M74 junction 3A Daldowie over the same weekend.
Transport Scotland is urging drivers to avoid Raith Interchange if possible and to plan their journey using the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites.
The closure means the following roads to and from Raith roundabout will be shut:
• M74 southbound off-slip and on-slip
• A725 northbound on-slip
• A725 southbound off-slip
• Access to/from Strathclyde Park
As a result, there will be no direct access from B7071 Bothwell/Hamilton junction to the M74 southbound, A725 northbound or southbound, and Strathclyde Park.
However, there will be access from B7071 Bothwell/Hamilton junction and A725 East Kilbride Expressway northbound to the M74 northbound.
The A725 Raith underpass will remain open in both direction for Bellshill/Coatbridge and East Kilbride traffic.
Signed diversions will be in place for the following journeys:
• M74 southbound to A725 East Kilbride Expressway southbound and B7071 Bothwell/Hamilton – via M74 junction 6 southbound Hamilton to A723 Motherwell Road and return via M74 northbound junction 6 on-slip to M74 northbound junction 5 off-slip
• M74 southbound to A725 Bellshill Bypass northbound – via M74 junction 6 southbound Hamilton off-slip to A723 Motherwell Road and return via M74 northbound junction 6 on-slip to M74 northbound junction 5 off-slip, A725 southbound to Blantyre junction and return on A725 northbound via Raith Underpass
• M74 southbound to Strathclyde Park – via M74 junction 6 Motherwell off-slip and A723 Hamilton Road
• A725 southbound to M74 northbound – via Raith underpass to A725 Blantyre junction and return on A725 northbound to M74 junction 5 Raith northbound on-slip
• A725 southbound to M74 southbound – via Raith underpass to A725 Blantyre junction and return on A725 northbound to M74 junction 5 Raith, on-slip to M74 northbound, junction 3 Carmyle and return M74 southbound
• A725 southbound to Strathclyde Park – via Raith underpass to A725 Blantyre junction and return on A725 northbound to B7071 Bothwell Road and continue to A72 Muir Street and on to A723 Hamilton Road/Motherwell Road.
Access from Strathclyde Park to M74 north and southbound will be via junction 6 Hamilton/Motherwell. Motorway traffic from Hamilton and Bothwell will be able to access the M74 north and southbound from junction 6 Hamilton junction
Diversions at M74 junction 3A Daldowie
Signed diversions for traffic looking to access M74 junction 3A Daldowie have been updated to take into account the additional restrictions at Raith:
• M74 southbound (if missed junction 2A) – via junction 6 Hamilton, A723 Motherwell Road, M74 northbound to junction 5 Raith, B7071, Bothwell and Uddingston
• M73 southbound – via M74 northbound junction 2A Fullarton off-slip
• For M74 southbound journeys to Daldowie estate/crematorium, drivers should divert to junction 6 Hamilton, A723 Motherwell Road and return via M74 northbound to junction 3a Daldowie.
• Journeys from Uddingston to M74 northbound should divert via A721/A74 Hamilton Road, London Road (A74), Fullarton Road.
Transport Scotland Project Sponsor Graeme Reid said: “The new roads as part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project will be open in the coming weeks and the surfacing work at Raith is part of this final push. The month of May will see a significant number of restrictions in place on the M74 and M73 and we thank drivers for their patience while these works take place.
“The opening of the new M8 motorway has given drivers an understanding of the benefits this project will bring to the M74 and M73 once these newly improved roads are fully open.
“We ask commuters to plan their journeys in advance by visiting the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites and, if possible, avoid the areas affected.”
Traffic management layouts change regularly and road users are advised to routinely check the Transport Scotland website and the Traffic Scotland website for live updates: www.transportscotland.gov.scot and www.trafficscotland.org
Image attached showing the areas of Raith Interchange closed.