Progress on A737 Dalry Bypass Works
Ground investigations which will provide essential information on the existing ground conditions will begin across the A737 Dalry Bypass site during week commencing 26 September 2016.
The ground investigations, which will be carried out by Ian Farmer Associates and will last for around 12 weeks, will need some works to be carried out on the existing road. Some short-term traffic management measures will be required to ensure the safety of workers and road users, while equipment enters and leaves the site.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said:
"The new A737 Dalry Bypass will be a key driver in improving economic and employment opportunities in the area by providing better journey time reliability and enhancing connectivity. It will also improve safety and reduce air quality by taking unsuitable traffic away from Dalry.
“The ground investigations includes tests such as boreholes and trial pits to establish the geology at the site. This provides value for money as it gives shortlisted bidders with the additional detailed information they need to reduce the risks which could affect their plans for the construction of the Dalry Bypass.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that the short-term traffic management may cause and would thank road users and the local community in advance for their patience over the next few weeks.”
The contract for the Dalry Bypass project is estimated to be worth between £34million and £38 million and involves the construction of the new bypass and associated junctions to connect to the existing A737 Trunk Road and local road network.
The four shortlisted bidders for the 4 kilometre long project are: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited; Farrans Construction and Roadbridge; Interserve Construction Limited; and John Paul Construction Limited and Somague Engenharia. Works on the new bypass are expected to get underway in early 2017.
For information on traffic management, visit the Traffic Scotland website - www.trafficscotland.org – for the latest travel updates.