Roadworks begin for new hospital

NHS Dumfries and Galloway have announced that major road works are due to start on the Garroch roundabout and the A75 on the 21st July 2014.

These are essential works in preparation for the start of construction of the new hospital scheduled for spring 2015.

In order to minimise disruption to those travelling throughout the region the contractor, Balfour Beatty, has devised a programme of night-time working.

Dennis O’Keeffe, Project Director for the new hospital said: “NHS Dumfries and Galloway are committed to ensuring that disruptions caused by these road works for the new hospital are minimised. By carrying out traffic-light controlled works on the road at night, the contractor will reduce delays to local residents, businesses and the travelling public who rely on the A75 at the Garroch roundabout during the day.”

A robust system of night-time traffic management will be in operation, controlled by traffic lights, between the hours of 7pm and 6.30am. During this period, attendant emergency and communication arrangements will be in place.

During the day, it is intended that two-way traffic will be maintained, although the lanes will be narrowed to provide a safe area for daytime verge works. A 40 mph speed restriction will be in place for the safety of the public and workforce at all times.

This traffic management system will be in place until the road works are completed later this year.

Disruption will be minimised as much as possible; however motorists should allow extra time for their journeys, and pay attention to advisory signs. For details and real time traffic information check or follow @trafficscotland.