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M90 BRIDGE OF EARN

From : 30th September 2019

To : 11th October 2019

Posted : 10th July 2019

Tuesday 24 September

Second phase of essential £450,000 project for M90 Earn Bridge, Bridge of Earn, set to begin next week

Works to get underway on Monday 30 September for two weeks

 

The second phase of an essential bridge maintenance project is due to take place on the M90 Earn Bridge near Perth at the end of September, which will see the completion of £450,000 repairs and improvements work. 

The project follows on from the first phase of essential maintenance on the southbound carriageway which was completed in August.

Teams are now turning to the second phase of the project which will involve the replacement of expansion joints and road surfacing on the northbound carriageway of the structure which carries the M90 at Bridge of Earn. The work will ensure that the bridge continues to operate safely for years to come. 

The second phase of the project is expected to begin on Monday 30 September and traffic management will remain in place until Friday 11 October.   Care was taken to schedule the second phase after the busy summer period to avoid impacting on traffic heading for major events such as the 2019 Solheim Cup in Perthshire.  

During the project the M90 will remain open to traffic however to keep roadworkers and motorists safe and to ensure work can be completed in the shortest possible timescale, a contraflow traffic management system will be in operation for the duration.

During the first phase of the project motorists experienced average delays of around ten minutes while work was underway, with similar delays anticipated during the second phase of the project.  Road users are reminded to plan their journeys in advance and leave some extra time to reach their destination.  

Consultation has been carried out with Transport Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council, Community Councils and transport operators to inform them of the plans for the project in advance.

Commenting on the works, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative said: “The second phase of the work will see the completion of this £450,000 bridge improvement project to replace the bridge expansion joints on the M90 Earn Bridge, ensuring the bridge will continue to operate safely for a long time into the future.

 “The first phase of works saw our teams successfully replace the expansion joints on the southbound carriageway in August.  We’ve worked to plan the second phase, which will address the northbound side of the carriageway, to take place after the busy summer period to limit our impact to motorists and visitors attending major events such as the Solheim Cup.

“The traffic management is essential for ensuring the safety of our work force as well as motorists. We advise road users to abide by all traffic or speed restrictions put in place during the work for their safety, and to use both lanes when queuing to help reduce congestion.

“We thank road users for their patience during this essential project and encourage them to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website before they travel and allowing some extra time to reach their destination.”

 

Real time traffic information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, on twitter at @trafficscotland or on the new mobile website my.trafficscotland.org.  

 

Wednesday 10 July

Essential £450,000 project announced for M90 Earn Bridge, Bridge of Earn

·         Project to take up to four weeks to complete with work split into two phases

·         Phase one begins Monday 5 August

·         Second phase to begin at the end of September to avoid busy local events

 

An essential bridge maintenance project is due to take place on the M90 Earn Bridge near Perth next month which will see over £450,000 in repairs and improvements carried out.

The project will involve the replacement of expansion joints on the structure, which carries the M90 at Bridge of Earn, and will see over 140m of resurfacing improvements on both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the bridge. The existing joints on the M90 Earn Bridge are now in need of replacement to ensure the bridge continues to operate safely for years to come.

The expansion joints are essential components on bridges such as Earn Bridge and allow the structure to operate safety, with some sections of the bridge moving by up to 10cm during changes in temperature between the summer and winter months.

During the project the M90 will remain open, however to keep roadworkers and motorists safe during the upgrades and to complete the work in the shortest possible timescale, a contraflow traffic management arrangement will be operation during the bridge repairs. This traffic management will be in place full time for two weeks of work on each carriageway

Phase One will begin on the southbound carriageway with single lane traffic in each direction travelling on the northbound carriageway.

Phase Two will repeat the process, with works on the northbound carriageway and traffic being switched to the southbound carriageway.

The first phase of the project is expected to begin on Monday 5 August and traffic management will remain in place until Friday 16 August when it will be removed ensuring there are no restrictions to road users during the Solheim Cup in Gleneagles and other major local events. The second phase of the project is expected to begin on Monday 30 September and traffic management will remain in place until Friday 11 October.

Road users are warned to expect delays while the work is underway and are encouraged to plan ahead. Traffic modelling software has indicated that the project will increase the average journey time through the works by around 15 minutes at peak times during the day. However, as we approach the busy summer periods, these times may be extended depending on traffic flows in the area.

Consultation has been carried out with Transport Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council, Community Councils and transport operators to inform them of the plans for the project in advance.

Commenting on the works, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative said: “This £450,000 bridge improvement project will allow our teams to carry out the replacement of expansion joints on the M90 Earn Bridge, ensuring the bridge continues to operate safely.

“We’ve designed the project across two phases to ensure that there is minimal impact to road users attending the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles or other major events in the area, with the project arranged so all traffic management will be removed from the road mid-August to the end of September. 

“The traffic management is essential for ensuring the safety of our work force as well as motorists, and our teams will do all they can to carry out the work as quickly and safely as possible. We advise road users to abide by all traffic or speed restrictions put in place during the work for their safety, and to use both lanes when queuing to help reduce congestion.

“We thank road users for their patience during these essential works and encourage them to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website before they travel and allowing some extra time to reach their destination.”

Real time traffic information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, on twitter @trafficscotland or on the new mobile website my.trafficscotland.org. 

 

 

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