Improvement works on A972 Kingsway East start

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A major programme of improvements began today (Monday) on the A972 Kingsway East in Dundee to upgrade the road over the next four weeks.

The £435,000 investment from Transport Scotland will allow teams to reconstruct sections of the route to strengthen the carriageway, as well as resurface a combined total of almost a kilometre of the road to create a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

Starting from today, sections of the eastbound carriageway from Forfar Road to Pitkerro Roundabout will be upgraded, with resurfacing also planned for Pitkerro Roundabout and a section of the route from Longtown Road to Milton of Craigie Roundabout later this month.

The major programme has been planned to take place over four weeks under a combination of daytime and overnight working, with the programme expected to finish on Friday. November 25.

The works have been split into three sections along the Kingsway with the route remaining open throughout the majority of the works. Traffic management will be in place for the safety of the workforce and road users during the scheme. Due to the nature of the works, overnight road closures will be required for road safety in some sections to protect road users and teams on site. Teams have worked closely with Dundee City Council to determine the safest and shortest available diversion routes to minimise disruption to trunk road traffic during the works, safety however remains of primary importance.

A short lane closure on the A90 approach to Forfar Road Junction to help guide traffic into the correct lanes ahead of the A972 improvements will be in place throughout the programme.

BEAR Scotland has liaised directly with Dundee City Council, Police Scotland, emergency services and Transport Scotland with regards to the works on the Kingsway to keep them fully informed of the scheme and make sure disruption is minimised. Consultation has also been carried out with local elected members, local residents, transport operators and businesses to advise of the works programme. Roadside signs have been in place to inform road users of the works as well as information posted online to increase awareness.

Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative said: “We’re pleased to begin the programme of work on the Kingsway East which will ensure the road is structurally safe for years to come, as well as laying new road surfacing to create a smoother and safer journey for motorists. We are also making improvements to the existing drainage system as part of the works programme.

“We’ve planned the works to take place over a four week period to reduce the over-all impact of the programme, but also to avoid the peak summer months.

“We will continue monitoring and reporting any delays to Traffic Scotland throughout the scheme in order that motorists may be made aware of any increased journey times, and we thank motorists and local residents for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential works which will strengthen the Kingsway and greatly improve the road surface.

“Every effort will be made to minimise disruption as much as possible during the essential improvements to the Kingsway, and we will continue to liaise with all stakeholders and update them on our progress.”

Real time journey information is available form Traffic Scotland at www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.