A985 Kincardine Bridge
WATERPROOFING AND RESURFACING IMPROVEMENTS ON A985 KINCARDINE BRIDGE COMMENCES 18th JULY
The fourth phase of essential maintenance to improve the road surface and bridge deck waterproofing on the A985 Kincardine Bridge will commence from 8pm on Tuesday 18th July 2017.
The work, with a value of around £350,000, includes the replacement of the road surfacing, bridge deck waterproofing and new expansion joints on two of the south viaduct spans. Undertaking this work now will ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of this important section of the A985, and reduce the need for more extensive maintenance in the future.
This scheme is the latest phase of an on-going refurbishment programme of the bridge which includes seven phases in total. To date, eight spans of the bridge have been refurbished, which includes:
- Re-waterproofing of approx. 2,950 sq. metres of concrete bridge deck
- Maintenance to almost five cubic metres of damaged concrete
- The laying of approx. 530 tonnes of new asphalt
- The replacement of seven expansion joints (totalling almost 64 metres in length)
- Investing over £900,000 in improvement works on the Kincardine Bridge since 2015
The latest refurbishment work will be carried out on two spans of the south viaduct (adjacent to the swing span), with improvements to the road surfacing, waterproofing and bridge expansion joints being undertaken. The works will largely be carried out under temporary traffic lights, but a number of full bridge closures - night time only - are required during the course of the repairs programme.
The work will commence with overnight bridge closures to establish the works and move a section of temporary safety barrier. This will run from 8pm until 6am, each night from Tuesday 18th July until the morning of Saturday 22nd July 2017. The bridge will fully reopen out with the timing of this preparatory work.
From Saturday 22nd July, the traffic management set up will switch to single lane closures on the westbound carriageway, switching over to the eastbound carriageway on Sunday 6th August. The repair scheme will be completed by Friday 25th August 2017.
Traffic emerging from the A876 North Approach Road will be prevented from turning right towards Kincardine Bridge, and will instead be directed to the Longannet (Tolls) roundabout and back again. This diversion will also be used by local bus services.
Under the eastbound night time full bridge closures, signed diversion routes will be in operation with eastbound traffic being diverted from the Longannet Roundabout to the A977 Toll Road through Kincardine and Kilbagie. At Kilbagie roundabout, road users will be diverted to the first exit along the A876 Clackmannanshire Bridge southbound. The diversion will end at Higgins Neuk roundabout.
Under the westbound night time full bridge closures, at Higgins Neuk roundabout, traffic will be diverted north along the A876 Clackmannanshire Bridge. At Kilbagie roundabout, road users will be diverted to the A977 Toll Road, through Kilbagie and Kincardine. The diversion will end at the Longannet (Toll) roundabout.
All dates/work are weather dependent and may be subject to change.
Bluetooth traffic monitoring equipment will be used to monitor any traffic delays through the works, and updates provided to the travelling public.
Throughout the duration of the works, the pedestrian footways and cycle paths will remain open, although cyclists will be instructed to dismount when using the cycle path across the bridge.
This scheme has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, Kincardine Community Council, bus operating companies, the emergency services, Marine Scotland, Forth Ports, Scottish National Heritage, the Road Hauliers Association, Freight Transport Association and Fife Council.
Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or via Twitter: @TrafficScotland
To report a problem on the network please visit: http://scottishtrunkroadsse.amey.co.uk/report-a-problem/