As traffic improvement work continues at Raith Interchange, the scheme sees an important landmark, with the proposed tunnel underpass under the M74 now started. This will eventually link the EK Expressway A725 with the Bellshill Road, without having to stop at lights. Such heavy construction work requires vigilance from drivers, especially those observing as they drive on the elevated M74. To control and ensure safety, Transport Scotland have now installed cameras along the stretch from Hamilton, going Northbound to the junction at Maryville. Drivers should therefore taken care to fully observe the construction signage restricted speed limits.
Graeme Reid, project sponsor for Transport Scotland, said: “We have reached a pivotal point in this three year project, involving traffic management measures which are likely to cause some disruption to road users, especially at peak times. The biggest challenge on a project of this scale is to keep the 100,000 vehicles that use these key routes every day moving and to ensure disruption to road users is minimised as far as is practically possible.”
He added: “The installation of safety cameras is a tried and tested mechanism that improves safety for both road users and the workforce during what will be an extremely busy period in terms of construction. Three narrow lanes will be in operation to allow the construction of a new lane and hard shoulder.”
Blantyre Telegraph has been following the roadworks carefully and will endeavour to bring you all the latest news, as it happens.