McAlpine welcomes commencement of £1.5 million summer investment in A76

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MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the commencement of resurfacing work on the A76.
The work – which is part of Transport Scotland’s £1.5 million summer investment into resurfacing the A76 – will commence on July 14th with the resurfacing of 1.3 km of trunk road near Barburgh Mill Quarry, south of Thornhill.
Commenting Ms McAlpine said:
“I am pleased that the resurfacing work on the A76 will commence this week. While we are experiencing one of the hottest summers on record in Scotland it is important to plan ahead for the inevitable problems that winter will bring on one of south west Scotland’s most exposed stretches of road.
“The A76 was significantly affected by our prolonged winter and repeated freeze-thaw cycles – which is why Transport Scotland has accelerated a number of projects to prepare for the winter months.”
Alan Murray, Scotland TranServ’s Principal Roads Design Engineer said:
“As part of our £1.5Million summer investment into the resurfacing of the A76, we will be carrying out this short programme of work to improve more than a kilometre of the trunk road network in Dumfries and Galloway. The resurfacing programme is the longest of the suite of projects we are carrying out across the summer months.
“Scotland TranServ has worked with local authorities and key stakeholders to carefully schedule the works to avoid impacting on major local events and limit the potential disruption to an absolute minimum. The width of the trunk road in this area and the nature of the programme, allows us to implement a convoy system to manage the traffic flow and manage the safety of the travelling public and our workers.”
The convoy system will be operated:
Between 7am and 6pm (daytime) on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July, and
Between 7pm and 6am (overnight) from Monday 16th until Monday 23rd of July
Temporary traffic signals will be in place at all other times throughout the period of works.
Scotland TranServ’s Planned Maintenance Manager, Evan Ferguson added: