The plan was unveiled by Transport Scotland last night at a public event in Thornhill. The one-kilometre road realignment will solve the problem of temporary traffic lights which has frustrated motorists since 2014.
Ms McAlpine has campaigned for the road to be upgraded, writing to both Transport Scotland and the Transport Minister.
Joan McAlpine said:
“This proposal is most welcome and will represent a significant investment from the Scottish Government. I understand from engineers that this is a very technical and complex problem to solve and they had to evaluate a number of different options. Realigning the road will solve not just the problem of land slip at the current location but right along the one kilometre stretch.
“I have been told by Transport Scotland officials that the time scale is the quickest possible, as they need to complete a detailed design, acquire the land, publish road orders and procure a contractor. The work could begin as soon as next year and I know for local people who I have spoken to in Upper Nithsdale it can’t come quick enough.”