A702 at Candy Mill
A702 at Candy Mill
Update: Phase 3 works commence 28th August
Phase 3 of Slope stabilisation and road barrier reinstatement works will take place on the A702 at Candy Mill, commencing Monday 28th August until Monday 30th October 2017.
This scheme will eliminate the risk of instability of this section of the road, upgrading the vehicle restraint system, improving the condition of the carriageway and associated verges, and reducing the need for future, more extensive maintenance.
There will initially be three overnight closures implemented between the hours of 8pm and 6am, commencing on Monday 28th August until the morning of Wednesday 30th August 2017; following which the remainder of the construction programme will be completed within lane closures and temporary traffic light control.
The only exception will be further two overnight closures for road re-surfacing works. These will take place the week commencing Monday 23rd October 2017 for two nights. However, these dates are weather dependent and may be subject to change.
Any change of dates, or other updates, will be added to the Amey South East Trunk Roads Network website: https://scottishtrunkroadsse.amey.co.uk/ Road users are asked to plan their journey accordingly before setting out.
To carry out this work there will be a full road closure at this location during the dates specified above, with a signed diversion route in operation.
Traffic intending to use the A702 at Brownsbank Cattle Creep will be diverted at Melbourne Crossroads A721 onto the A701 towards Moffat. From here, traffic will continue onto the A72 at Skirling to re-join the A702 north of Biggar where the diversion will end.
Traffic travelling in the opposite direction will use this same diversion route, in reverse. Local access will be permitted throughout the works.
This work has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, the emergency services, Edmonton Estate and Brownsbank Farm.
UPDATE: Works commence 19th June 2017
Slope stabilisation and road barrier reinstatement works will commence on the A702 at Brownsbank Cattle Creep, 500m north of Candy Mill, from Monday 19th June 2017.
Temporary traffic lights have been in place to protect motorists, and avoid any vehicles coming into contact with a weakened barrier, while Amey’s geotechnical team has been investigating the condition of the existing road embankment at this location. Ground stabilisation tests have been conducted to ensure this section of road can support a new barrier system. They have revealed that the extent of work required is more extensive than originally planned.
The travelling public will see some variation in the traffic management, and the occasional dual red light period – although these will occur outwith peak times. These red light periods are to allow for the removal of dead and overhanging tree limbs that incur a hazard to road users.
Once this phase of work is completed at the end of June, further environmental and structural investigation checks will be undertaken. The final phase of construction work, which is the installation of the soil nailing and the barrier repair, is expected to be completed by the end of July.
Once again, we thank road users for their patience while this essential maintenance is carried out.
THE MAINTENANCE SCHEME
Essential maintenance to install a new vehicle restraint system (VRS) on the A702 at Brownsbank Cattle Creep, 500m north of Candy Mill.
Since 14th November 2016, a set of temporary traffic lights has been in place to slow down traffic and reduce the risk of a vehicle striking the weakened barrier at this location.
Stuart Wallace, Bridges Manager for Amey, the company responsible for managing the South East Trunk Roads network, said: “The extent of soil erosion at this site has convinced us that the establishment of new foundations, and installation of a new state-of-the-art vehicle restraint system, is required. We are considering the use of steel sheet piling to install a reinforced concrete ground beam that will provide a more substantial foundation for the new barrier.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by extending this essential maintenance scheme, but the safety of the travelling public remains our primary concern. We would like to thank road users for their continued patience and support.”
This work has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, the emergency services, local bus operating companies, adjacent landowners and South Lanarkshire Council.
Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or via Twitter: @TrafficScotland