A public exhibition for the long awaited Maybole bypass was held in the town this week as the proposals move forward.
The Carrick Centre played host to the plans on Friday 13 December and they received a warm response from key community figures.
Last year Amey was commissioned by Transport Scotland to make the case for a Maybole bypass after years of discussion in the town.
And in January 2013 a public information exhibition was held in the town to give people the chance to comment on the preferred option for the scheme.
Maybole is congested partly as a result of the large numbers of cars and heavy goods vehicles using the A77 traveling to and from the port facilities at Cairnryan, resulting in poor conditions for pedestrians and road users alike.
The proposed bypass consists of 5.2km of new single carriageway to the north-west of Maybole; new roundabouts at the tie-ins to the existing A77 at Broomknowes and Smithston; a new roundabout at B7023 Culzean Road; three principal structures at Gardenrose Path overbridge, Kirklandhill Path overbridge, B7024 Alloway Road underbridge; a northbound climbing lane from the south roundabout, though the B7023 Culzean Road roundabout; a southbound climbing lane commencing north of Alloway Road; and a southbound climbing lane from the north roundabout.
Construction will be mainly off line from the existing trunk road and affected side roads.
The new bypass is predicted to reduce traffic on Maybole High Street by approximately 50% with the number of HGVs reducing by approximately 90%.
Once construction of the bypass gets underway, the works are expected to take up to 18 months to complete.
Peter Mason, former chairman of the local bypass Committee, said after the exhibition, “Over the past 15 years I have attended bypass exhibitions and meetings in Maybole, Ayr and at the Scottish Parliament. This latest display was the most successfully and informative yet.
“It was great to see we have progressed so quickly and I asked when we could see work starting on the bypass to be told that work could start in the summer of 2015 and be completed two years later all being well and the funding being in place.”
Mark Fletcher, Chairman of Maybole Community Council added: “We were very pleased to see the progress with the proposed bypass and to also be given the opportunity to speak with Transport Scotland and Amey again.
“Perhaps people would like to join the community council or simply join a forum electronically to discuss the future of the town. This is an exciting time and our community should be driving the changes and getting what we want, rather than being told what we want. Everyone can make a difference so please get in touch.”
Confirmation of the draft orders, and subsequently, the Made orders, will provide Scottish Ministers with the statutory powers to proceed with construction of the bypass, subject to funds being available.