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A68 Full Closure 26 Apr to 7 May 2021

04/04/2021

A68 Full Closure 26 Apr to 7 May 2021

BEAR Scotland, acting on behalf of Transport Scotland, are planning to carry out essential resurfacing works on the A68 Trunk Road, approximately 3 miles north of Oxton. The scheme tackles an area of deteriorated carriageway. Please see attached diversion route. 

The works have been provisionally programmed to be undertaken from Monday 26th April to Friday 7th May, between the hours of 7:30pm and 6:00am, with no works planned to be undertaken during the weekends. Out with these hours traffic management will be removed, however a 30mph speed limit will remain in place, as traffic will be travelling over a temporary road surface.

Out with these hours traffic management will be removed, however a 30mph speed limit will remain in place, as traffic will be travelling over a temporary road surface.

Unfortunately, Due to high volumes of traffic, we have no option but to close the carriageway to ensure the safety of the workforce and members of the travelling public. This section of the A68 will therefore be closed in both directions on the above dates and times. During periods of closure, a signed diversion route will be in place from the junction between the A6458 / A68 and Melrose roundabout via the A6091 / A7 / B6458, which adds an approximately 6 miles and 15 minutes to affected journeys. A location plan showing this diversion route has been attached. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

We understand that a road closure of this nature will be disruptive and have planned the works overnight when traffic flows are lower to reduce the impact of the works. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their patience whilst these essential works are undertaken.

The safety of maintenance workers remains a top priority during these essential projects and strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, will be in place to ensure all on-site personnel remain safe throughout the duration of the project. Robust risk assessments have also been completed to ensure all staff are kept safe.

Should you have any specific concerns or require further information please do not hesitate to contact
Cameron Redpath by e-mail at SEConsultationRoads@bearscotland.co.uk

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