£1.2m roadworks begin at Ringford

A £1.2million project gets underway today (Thursday) to resurface part of the A75 at Ringford.

The four-week project to replace the stretch, which is reaching the end of its operational life, with Barr Surfacing and Civil Engineering, on behalf of Transport Scotland leading the project.

Barr will also undertake further barrier works, with kerbing and white lining also carried out. The works will be supervised by Transport Scotland’s trunk roads management and maintenance provider, Scotland TranServ

Neil MacDonald, Scotland TranServ’s Deputy Planned Maintenance Manager said: “This is a significant programme of work which will see the replacement of an important stretch of the trunk road network that is now reaching the end of its operational life. We have made every effort to reduce the impact on local drivers and freight traffic alike. We have recognised local events and will pull out of the area in order to let these pass freely. We will continue to keep the local community informed throughout.”

The project will run during June, with temporary traffic lights in operation supported by a convoy system during the week. Work will continue seven days a week. The project team will pull out of the area for Armed Forces Day on 28th June. The Queen’s Baton Relay which will pass through Dumfries and Galloway around the 16th of June will not be affected.

Barr Surfacing and Civil Engineering’s General Manager, Chris Edwards added: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Scotland TranServ within Dumfries and Galloway. As a local employer we recognise the importance of the A75 trunk road and will be working in partnership with Scotland TranServ and the local community to ensure the programme is implemented efficiently and with minimal disruption.”

Should a single weekend road closure be required, then the diversion route would be via Tongland.

Every effort is being made to maintain local access throughout the project, and to ensure as little impact on local commuters as possible.

Russell Rennie, Scotland TranServ’s Contract Director said: “With our robust Dumfries and Galloway trunk road improvement programme on behalf of Transport Scotland, we are supporting the economic growth and development of the region. This area is the gateway to Scotland, England and Ireland; and during this Year of Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup it forms an important corridor for the thousands of visitors who will head to Scotland. We want to create a valuable first impression and leave a lasting legacy of an improved trunk roads network that will be appreciated by drivers across the South West for years to come.”