WOULD-BE disruptive road works on the Erskine Bridge have been postponed after Clydebank’s MSP expressed concerns.
Gil Paterson wrote to Scotland Transerv about the works that would see lane and slipway closures scheduled for December 17 to 21.
On December 8, the MSP outlined constituents would be busier in the lead up to Christmas and asked the firm to delay the works.
He insisted drivers and passengers should not be put through extra stress in one of the busiest shopping weekends in the year.
A spokesman for the contractors returned informing Mr Paterson the works would no longer be going ahead.
The MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie said: “I am delighted Scotland Transerv has postponed the road works on the Erskine Bridge, which would have reduced traffic to one lane and cause a bottleneck of thousands of motorists.
“At this time of year, many of my constituents will be out and about doing Christmas shopping at Braehead, for example, and would not appreciate delays to their journey at what can be a very stressful time of the year.”
“I congratulate Scotland Transerv for taking on board people’s comments and acting in such a good public-spirited fashion. I think we all appreciate the professionalism.”
Scotland Transerv’s plans for works on the Erskine Bridge were as follows:
ScotlandTranServ propose to carry out carriageway resurfacing, renew high friction surfacing, replace bridge joints and install detector loops on three of the slip roads - the onslip to the Erskine Bridge from Duntocher will not have any work carried out on it.
This work will be carried out over a series of nights. Traffic management will be implemented from 20:00 each night and will be removed by 06:00 each morning.
In order to safeguard ScotlandTranServ’s operatives the slip roads will be required to be closed with local diversions in place.
On two of the nights the northbound carriageway of the Erskine Bridge will need to be closed with traffic using alternative routes.
A breakdown of the traffic management proposals are:
Southbound onslip to the main south bound carriageway of the Erskine Bridge
This slip road will be closed on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Monday 19th December 2016. Traffic will be diverted via the Dalnotter interchange to return northbound on the A82 to access the Erskine Bridge.
Northbound Carriageway of the Erskine Bridge
The northbound carriageway of the Erskine Bridge will be closed on Sunday 18th and Monday 19th December. Signs will be erected at strategic points on the surrounding road network advising drivers of this closure and to use an alternative route.
Northbound off slip from the Erskine Bridge to the northbound carriageway of the A82 trunk road
This slip road will be closed on Tuesday 20th December 2016. Traffic will be diverted via the Dalnotter interchange to return northbound on the A82.
Southbound off slip from the Erskine Bridge to the southbound carriageway of the A82
This slip road will be closed on Wednesday 21st December 2016. Traffic will be diverted via the Dunglass roundabout to return southbound on the A82.
Emergency vehicles will be permitted to travel through any of the closures. However, they must report to a hold point and will then be escorted through the working area.
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