A £5M project to deliver vital reconstruction work on Scotland's busiest stretch of motorway will get under way later this month.
The multi-million pound investment will start on a section of the M8 to the west of Glasgow on 29 June. The seven-week programme will run into mid August and will restore a 3km section of the westbound carriageway between the M77 junction and the off-slip for the Clyde Tunnel. As with last year's major works on the eastbound section of the road, Transport Scotland and operating company Amey will take advantage of the lighter traffic flows which occur during the school holidays to carry out the works. Paul Reid, Transport Scotland's project manager, said: 'We appreciate that any works on such a busy section of motorway will result in a level of disruption. But the fact that it carries so many vehicles is one of the main reasons why we must ensure it is maintained to a high standard. We are delivering works at the time of year when traffic is at its lightest and there are long daylight hours. While the short term impact will be delays, the long term benefits will be a fully reconstructed section of one of Scotland's main links.' This section of the M8 carries more than 130,000 vehicles a day and is coming towards the end of its useful life. A contraflow will run on the eastbound carriageway and a reduced speed of 40mph will be enforced by speed cameras. Meanwhile, a £1.6M upgrade to two bridges that carry roads over the M8 in Bishopton, near junctions 30 and 31 of the motorway, is due to begin on 1 July. The work will take 12 weeks and will strengthen bridge columns and replace service duct covers on the over-bridge that carries the A8 to Greenock and the over-bridge that carries the C22, Old Greenock Road. Work will require M8-M898 Erskine Bridge slip roads to be closed to traffic for periods; the westbound off-slip for the first three weeks and the eastbound on-slip for the second three. Traffic management will be in place between junctions 30 and 31 and the speed limit will be reduced to 50mph.