A £2.5M project to deliver vital maintenance works on the M80, one of Scotland's major motorway routes, is to get underway next week.
The road surface on both north and south bound carriageways of the M80 on a key section of motorway linking Glasgow with Stirling and the north, will be replaced by contractor Amey.Drainage and safety barriers will be replaced and repairs carried out on Drove Road and Cuthelton Road Bridge. Duncan McCallum, Transport Scotland's Project Manager, said: 'This section of road needs to be replaced and we are delivering the works at the best time of year when there are longer daylight hours and driving conditions are better. While the short term impacts will be delays, the long term benefits will be having a fully reconstructed section of one of Scotland's main links.'To minimise disruption Amey, has planned a traffic management system to move drivers safely through the site while minimising disruption during the 56-day programme. This will ensure two lanes in the direction of heaviest peak flow are maintained; southbound in morning and northbound in early evening. One lane will be used in the opposite direction. Kenny Kerr, Amey's south east unit manager said: 'We've adopted this tidal-flow system specifically for this project with the primary aim of minimising disruption. Signs will direct drivers safely through the works but it is essential that road users remain alert for the changing layout. 'By shifting the traffic management layout twice daily we will be able to provide the greatest capacity possible in the direction of the heaviest flow of traffic. Ultimately this system will help to reduce congestion.'To increase both site and driver safety, a temporary speed limit of 40 miles per hour will be enforced by the police and drivers are asked to drive carefully and observe all signs. Delays are possible and drivers should consider their travel plans and allow extra time for journeys.