Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, are set to begin a £1.5 million programme to improve the trunk roads infrastructure across Dumfries and Galloway, with pioneering works on the Castle Douglas bypass this weekend.
Using the ‘crack and seat’ process to remove the surface layer of the road, workers will then introduce hairline fractures into the base layer in order to allow for expansion and contraction during extreme weather conditions.
Work will take place over one weekend, with a local diversion route operating through Castle Douglas between Friday evening and very early Monday morning.
Ken Bryden, Scotland TranServ’s Network Area Manager for Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Throughout Dumfries and Galloway Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland is delivering long-term improvements to the vital trunk roads network connecting our major towns and villages. Our programme of work over the next few months is innovative, sustainable and will deliver long-term benefits to road users across the region. We’re improving road structure, surfacing and technology to keep commuters, visitors and freight traffic flowing for decades to come.”
Improvement work scheduled for this year also includes a patching programme on the A701 at St Anne’s Bridge, reconstruction of part of the A76 at Thornhill, repairs to the A75 Dumfries bypass, and a similar scheme on the A75 Annan bypass this weekend.Across south west Scotland we manage and maintain around 636 kilometres of trunk roads over 22 routes, taking in around 1800 structures including the Kingston and Erskine Bridges. In Dumfries and Galloway we work closely with DG First to maintain 262 kilometres of the trunk road network stretching from Gretna to Stranraer, and Dumfries to Kirkconnel.
Russell Rennie, Scotland TranServ’s Contract Director concluded: “With a total of 262 kilometres of trunk roads, Dumfries and Galloway makes up more than a third of our network and while the motoring population is far smaller than that of Glasgow or Ayrshire, it is every bit as important. At Scotland TranServ we’re working hard to improve the quality of the trunk roads network for local drivers and the volumes of freight traffic using these important roads every day, supporting the economic growth and development of the region through our work.”