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Car Windscreens Damaged

17/07/16


Loose chippings on the recently resurfaced A726 have caused damage to a number of car windscreens with the potential to cause a serious accident.

Furious drivers have complained to South Lanarkshire Council about the flying “missiles”.

The authority have issued a warning to road users about speeding on the newly laid sections.

The section of road leading to Strathaven from East Kilbride, immediately following the Torrance roundabout, and a large section of the road between Strathaven and Chapelton, have been reduced to a 20mph speed limit following the work.

However, with some road users ignoring signs, chippings have been flying around the road and damaging vehicles.

The roadworks also caused tailbacks, with more on the way as a complete shutdown of the road begins next week.


South Lanarkshire Council say that they conducted a sweep of the road following the initial work, and will be conducting a second one in the near future.

Head of roads and transportation, Gordon MacKay, urged road users to obey the new speed limit.

He said, “Surface dressing works have recently been completed on the A726 Strathaven Road and a recommended reduced speed limit is clearly signposted.

“Drivers must adhere to this temporary lower limit for the safety of all road users.

“Surface dressing is a cost effective preventative maintenance process which seals the road surface and delays the need to undertake much more costly resurfacing or reconstruction works.

“It is expected that surface dressing will extend the useful life of the road and also reduce the need for reactive maintenance over the coming years.

“Loose chippings are normal on newly-surfaced dressed roads.

“An initial sweep to remove loose chippings is undertaken approximately two days after treatment to allow for embedment of the stone chips before a second sweep is undertaken approximately two weeks later.”