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Travel Misery At Raith Interchange
Drivers are set to face weeks of travel misery as Transport Scotland approach a “major milestone” in the construction of the new M74 Raith Junction.
Motorists are being advised that access to Bothwell and Hamilton via the B7071 Bellshill Road (from Whistleberry Toll to Bothwell Bridge roundabout) will be restricted from March 24 for approximately four weeks.
Traffic travelling towards Bothwell and Hamilton from the M74 Junction 5, Raith and the A725 Bellshill-Bypass will be diverted via A725 southbound (East Kilbride Expressway) and returned via the B7012 High Blantyre junction.
This traffic management is required to construct the new approach roads to Raith Junction including the removal of Whistleberry Toll roundabout which will be replaced by a new ‘T’ junction with traffic signals.
Graeme Reid, Project Manager for Transport Scotland, said: “We are approaching a major milestone in the construction of the new Raith Junction. The approach roads at Raith are nearing completion on the south side of the roundabout and over the next month, traffic will be moved onto the permanent alignment.
“This will include opening the new bridge on the south of Raith roundabout which will ease congestion for traffic leaving the northbound M74 at junction 5 and those travelling towards Bellshill.”
In addition, from early April, traffic on the A725 East Kilbride Expressway northbound, towards Raith, will follow the new road alignment to a ‘T’ junction controlled by new traffic signals at its junction with the B7071 Bellshill Road.
Mr Reid added: “The final traffic switch on the south side of Raith will take place at the end of April when two-way traffic will run on the B7071 from Raith roundabout towards Bothwell and Hamilton. Historically, traffic between Raith and Whistleberry has been one-way, so a two-way arrangement will be a significant change to the current layout. We are advising road users to drive carefully and adhere to the signage as they get used to the new road layout.
“The good news is that the construction of the roads on the south side of Raith is scheduled to be completed by the end of April, with the exception of the underpass which is the last piece of the jigsaw.”
When complete, the underpass will provide free flow for traffic from the A725 East Kilbride Expressway to the Bellshill By-pass, under the existing Raith roundabout. Work on the excavation of the underpass is now well underway, with some of the 1600 piles which have been constructed now visible.
In Uddingston, road users and pedestrians are being advised that the (B756) Bellshill Road, between Wilkie Road and Fallside Road, will be closed from April 4, for approximately two weeks. The closure is required to extend the existing M74 motorway bridge over Bellshill Road in Uddingston. Road users should follow the signed diversions via the A721 New Edinburgh Road, B7071 and Fallside Road, depending on approach, while pedestrians should use the free, 24 hour shuttle bus which will operate during the footpath closure.