The project team have worked closely with Transport Scotland and Scottish Borders Council’s roads department to consider a number of options, including the use of traffic lights. However, this could have potentially extended the works to 10 weeks.
SBC’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “The Council realises this will be a major inconvenience to some people in the town and beyond but these works are vital to taking the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme forward.
“The project team need to know the current condition of the road structure in order to take forward suitable flood defences for this part of Hawick, which has previously been badly hit by flooding from the nearby River Teviot.
“The project team, SBC roads department and Transport Scotland will monitor the closure throughout its duration to ensure the diversion route is working safely and effectively.”
The Hawick Flood Protection Scheme is currently in the outline design phase. It has already received the first tranche of funding from the Scottish Government, which has provided an initial £1.34million. If approved, the Government will provide 80 per cent (£29.2m) of the overall costs, which currently stands at £36.4m.
A map of the closed section and signed diversion route is available at SBC’s Flickr page.
Transport Scotland is responsible for the section of the A7 road from Kingsknowes Roundabout to the English border.