A77 roadworks set to begin

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Roadworks are set to begin on the A77 south of Ardwell on 11 March and Scotland transerv say they will comsult with communities on finalising dates.

Scotland TranServ, operating on behalf of Transport Scotland, has been consulting with Ayrshire Roads Alliance, Police Scotland, Ballantrae Community Council and local bus and ferry operators.

They have agreed that the works should take place over three weekends, helping to minimise weekday disruption.

The resurfacing works will repair defects to the existing road surface near to Shallochpark Roundabout near Girvan. Scotland transerv say that to carry out these works safely there will be a total road closure in place over one weekend from 8pm on Friday 11 March through to 6am on Monday 14 March.

Dates for the other two weekends of works are being consulted locally and will be announced as soon as information becomes available.

Andy Fraser, operating company representative for Scotland TranServ said: “It is essential that we carry out these essential maintenance works to ensure the safety and longevity of the road surface on the A77 near Ardwell.

“We have done everything we can to consult and liaise with our stakeholders and have programmed the work over three weekends to help minimise disruption to the local community.”

Scotland TranServ has also drafted in additional operatives to help manage the flow of traffic and to encourage heavy goods traffic to travel on the formal diversion route.

Advanced warning signs will also be in place on the approach to the works to inform road users that roadworks are taking place.

Road users are advised to travel along the A714 to Newton Stewart before taking the A75 back towards Stranraer as a safe and effective diversion.

The route is for both northbound and southbound movements for the allotted time period.

The maintenance works are a part of a wider investment boost to roads across Scotland.

Ayrshire has seen many roads improved in recent months including a £72k investment to the A77 at Wee Ireland.

The A75 at New Ramhill Bridge, Castle Douglas has also seen improvements this month.

Andy Fraser commented: “It is essential that we carry out this vital improvement scheme to ensure the longevity of the road surface; benefiting local residents and motorists for years to come.”

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