Switchover of Contraflow on M74 at Junction 5 Raith
Transport Scotland is reminding road users to drive safely when approaching and driving through new traffic management schemes as part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.
Two narrow lanes will be provided in both directions to allow construction of a new bridge under the motorway at Raith Junction, however, delays are to be expected as motorists adapt to the new traffic management layout. The 50mph speed restriction, enforced by average speed safety cameras at this location, has been in place since June 2015, and will remain in place until Spring 2017.
Meanwhile, road users in Hamilton and Bothwell are reminded of the ongoing works on the B7071, Bellshill Road in Bothwell. The ongoing southbound closure will be followed by a full closure of the B7071 for one weekend (Friday night to Monday morning), scheduled from 27 to 30 November 2015.
The full weekend closure will prevent access to and from, Hamilton Road and Bothwell Road, via Whistleberry Toll at Raith. As a result, there will be no access to, or from, Bothwell or Hamilton from Raith, Junction 5 of the M74 and the A725.
Signed diversions will be in place on all approaches to provide alternative routes, however, delays are anticipated and motorists are being advised to plan their journey in advance.
This work is necessary to allow the construction of the approach roads, linking the new Raith Junction with the existing mini roundabout at Bothwell Bridge, and has been designed to minimise disruption as far as possible.
Access from the M74 J5 Raith to both the A725 Bellshill Bypass and the A725 East Kilbride Expressway will be maintained during these works.
Delays are expected and you are advised to plan journeys in advance and allow extra time to get to your destination.
Information regarding all traffic management will be published on the Transport Scotland website, www.transportscotland.gov.uk/m8/m8m73m74
For live traffic up-dates, please visit the Traffic Scotland website, www.trafficscotland.org