a MAJOR project to improve drainage along a section of one of the main traffic routes in to Montrose will begin next week.
The improvement work on North Esk Road, between North Street and the Basin View roundabout, will begin on Monday and is expected to take around three weeks to complete.
The work is will cause traffic disruption to what is one of the busiest roads in town although Councillor David May, Angus Council’s infrastructure services convener, said the project would have long-term benefits.
The carriageway work carried out one side at a time to allow the continued movement of northbound traffic. Southbound traffic will be diverted along The Mall. Redfield Road and Redfield Crescent will only be accessible to traffic approaching from the south.
Work is expected to start on the west side of the carriageway on Saturday, March 3. While this carriageway is being resurfaced there will be no vehicle access to Blackfriars Street from North Esk Road. Work on the east side of the carriageway will start around five days later.
Gully replacement work will be carried out first and before each carriageway is resurfaced.
Councillor May said that, in the long-term, the scheme will help to reduce the authority’s road maintenance costs.
He revealed: “The planned work will really improve this stretch of North Esk Road. I have been pressing for the work to be done so, like many local residents, I will be delighted to see it start.
“The replacement of the gullies will improve the drainage which in the longer term helps to keep road maintenance costs down.
“In the budget we have just agreed the council has added almost £200,000 for more frequent road sweeping and the additional cleaning of drains and gullies across Angus with a concentration on known hot spots. This will reduce the amount and the impact of the detritus that gets into roadside drains. This extra investment and our ongoing road maintenance programme all help to protect the fabric of our roads and improve driving conditions for motorists.
“As usual with these kinds of projects the investment brings long term improvements but there will inevitably be some short term inconvenience to residents and motorists. I would therefore ask for their patience and co-operation for the next few weeks while this necessary work is done.”