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Transport Scotland awards £36m of roads contracts

Transport Scotland will award £36M of roads contracts to contractors RJ McLeod, and McLaughlin & Harvey.

The projects are part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to make its roads safer and more efficient, in the hope of encouraging trade and tourism.

“Once complete, the new road improvements will enhance journey time reliability and improve safety on the A75 and A77 while supporting local communities as they go about their business.” Transport Minister Keith Brown said, “I look forward to construction getting under way very soon so that road users can begin to feel the significant benefits the scheme will bring.”

RJ Macleod will build the £10.6M A77 Symington to Bogend Toll route, where it will build grade separated junctions to reduce the number and severity of accidents. It will also work on the £17.3M A75 Dunragit Bypass, where it will remove heavy goods vehicle traffic from the village of Dunragit and improve cycle links.

McLaughlin & Harvey will build overtaking lanes on a new 3.6km section of the £9M A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount.

Work on these projects is planned to start in the spring, with completion scheduled for 2014.

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