Two projects – seen as key road works schemes – have been designed to improve safety and improve travelling conditions in Scotland.
The projects, the A77 Symington & Bogend Toll project and the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy Carriageway, are important schemes for Transport Scotland and demonstrate a clear commitment for ensuring safety for road users.
The A77 Symington and Bogend Toll project was implemented in order to improve access along the existing route and was carried out by main contractor RJ McLeod. The £10.6 million project reached completion ahead of schedule and was officially opened to the public in April 2014 by Transport Minister Keith Brown.
The project comprised the construction of two new flyover bridges – Symington and Bogend Toll – along with the creation of new footways and cycleways. A new link road to Whitelees was also constructed, whilst junctions and access points were improved.
The A77 is considered a key route in Scotland, but unfortunately it has been the site of a number of serious and fatal accidents in the past. However, now that the new road is operational, road users are able to enter and exit the A77 without crossing oncoming traffic, which has improved safety as well as accessibility. To maintain safety further, the existing speed limit of 50 mph has remained intact.
Transport Minister, Keith Brown, said:
“The project has always been about improving safety for road users on this stretch of road so the fact it has been completed early couldn’t be better for road users who will reap the full benefits of the scheme. They now have access to two new flyover junctions which provides them with safer access to and from the A77.
“The A77 is one of Scotland’s key routes and this project forms part of a £36.7 million investment in the A77 and A75, improving connectivity and safety and making Scotland an attractive option for business, leisure and tourism. The completion of these will be welcome news to road users from across the region and beyond.”
With the A77 project now complete, work is preparing to take place on the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy Carriageway Widening project, a scheme which focuses on 7.5km of route widening works, along with the upgrading of pavements. Once complete the project will provide drivers with safer overtaking opportunities and will reduce the number of vehicle convoys that are seen across the route.
The A9 project is the first of 12 projects scheduled to take place along the A9. Previous works on the A9 have including the dualling of 3.2km at Crubenmore, the Carrbridge improvement works, the Ballinluig Junction improvements and the Bankfoot Junction improvements.
Although some traffic disruption is expected throughout the course of the scheme, every effort is being made to ensure that road users will not be too inconvenienced. Police Scotland and Highland Council will be consulted prior to all traffic management works taking place. Drivers who use the route are advised by Transport Scotland to check www.trafficscotland.org for further information.
Transport Scotland is responsible for the delivery of major infrastructure projects and oversees the operation of the Scottish transport networks. For more information about Transport Scotland, please visit: www.transportscotland.gov.uk.