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Two Weekend Delays In Roadworks
Commuters face more travel misery as work progresses on the installation of the new foot bridge and roundabout at the Raith Interchange near Strathclyde Park.
Weekend motorists are being advised to expect delays on the A725 on approach to M74 Junction 5, Raith roundabout, as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.
The works to progress the new Raith roundabout and footbridge will take place over two weekends in October and November and will see a contraflow in operation reducing the roundabout to one lane in each direction.
First Weekend October 28th - 31st
The first weekend contraflow on the north side of the roundabout (A725) will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction from 8pm on Friday, October 28, to 6am Monday, October 31.
As a result, there will be no access into Strathclyde Park from Raith.
The news comes in the same week that road chiefs announced the M74 will have "the most significant road closure yet" when Bothwellpark Road Bridge is demolished between November 18 to 21.
Visitors to Strathclyde Park should follow the signed diversion to the Motherwell entrance via the M74 southbound, Junction 6 Hamilton. Access from Strathclyde Park onto Raith roundabout will be maintained on to the M74 southbound and A725 southbound.
In addition, access to Hamilton, Bothwell and the M74 north and southbound will be restricted, with signed diversions in place.
Second weekend, November 11th to 14th
The second weekend contraflow on the south side of the roundabout (A725) will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction from 8pm on Friday, November 11, to 6am on Monday, November 14.
Traffic travelling on the A725 from both north and south will join the contraflow prior to Raith roundabout. As a result the northbound on-slip and southbound off-slip at Junction 5, Raith, will be closed, although access to the M74 northbound will be maintained via the B7071 dedicated on-slip.
Access to and from Strathclyde Park will be maintained and signed diversions will be in place for all routes via A725 Blantyre, Bellziehill and M74 Junction 2A Fullerton.
Graeme Reid, Project Manager for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, said: “These works have been scheduled to take place over two weekends to avoid disruption to commuters during the morning and evening peaks.
“Following these weekend contraflows, the new Raith roundabout will be in its final alignment with full operation restored ahead of the Monday morning rush hour.
“Whilst we’re doing everything we can to minimise the disruption, delays will be inevitable, and we’re asking motorists to check the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites for updates, to plan their journeys in advance and to look at taking an alternative route if possible.”
This traffic management is required for the installation of a new foot bridge for pedestrians and cyclists near to the entrance to Strathclyde Park.