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M74 To Close In Both Directions
Road bosses have warned commuters to expect “major delays” on the M74 and surrounding roads as the motorway will be closed from Junction 4 Maryville to Junction 5 Raith for a whole weekend next month as Bothwellpark Road Bridge is demolished.
As part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, the M74 will be closed to traffic in both directions from 8pm on Friday, November 18, to 6am on Monday, November 21.
The bridge, located to the north of M74 Junction 5, Raith, is the final structure to be demolished as part of the £500m infrastructure improvement project which is being delivered by Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP) on behalf of Transport Scotland.
Graeme Reid, Transport Scotland project manager, said: “This is the most significant road closure we have implemented as part of the works and we are anticipating major delays on all approaches, the surrounding roads and the main diversion route.
“We are advising road users to plan their journey, avoid the area and surrounding local roads, and if possible, to use alternative modes of transport for the weekend.”
The weekend closure will result in no access from the M73 to the M74 southbound at Junction 4 Maryville or to the M74 northbound at Junction 5, Raith.
Signed diversion routes will be in place via the A725, A8 and the M73, although Transport Scotland is warning road users to expect major delays on all surrounding routes as a result of the M74 closure.
Graeme added: “On a typical weekend we can expect to see as many as 140,000 vehicles using this main arterial route, and we fully appreciate the disruption this will cause.
“Together with our contractor (SRP), we have been liaising with key stakeholders including the emergency services and local authorities to minimise the disruption and complete these works as quickly as possible.
“However, we need road users to play their part by avoiding the area where possible and using alternative modes of transport to keep traffic levels on the diversion route to an absolute minimum.”
Gabriel Valtueña-Ramos, general manager of SRP, said: “We considered a range of options to undertake the demolition of the bridge and following extensive consultation with stakeholders, it was determined that the weekend closure was the most efficient solution in terms of reducing disruption to road users.”
Motorists will continue to have access to the M74 southbound at Junction 5 Raith, and the M74 northbound at Junctions 4 Maryville and 3A Daldowie, however, there will be no access to Bothwell Services from the M74 southbound.
The next available service area is the M74 southbound at Junction 11, Happendon and Junction 13, Abington.
In a bid to reduce local traffic congestion, South Lanarkshire Council have promoted a parking restriction on a short section of Main Street, Bothwell, for the duration of the weekend closure and traffic signals will be monitored at key junctions on the surrounding roads network to improve traffic flows.
In addition, Scotrail is anticipating increased passenger numbers on Lanarkshire railway services and is providing extra capacity on the trains for the weekend.
When complete, the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project will significantly reduce congestion across the central Scotland motorway network, shaving approximately 20 minutes off the daily commute from Glasgow to Edinburgh and 15 minutes through Raith Junction 5.