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M90 FRIARTON BRIDGE

From : 12th March 2020

To : 26th April 2020

Posted : 10th March 2020

M90 FRIARTON BRIDGE SET FOR ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROJECT

Work starts on Thursday 12 March for six weeks 

 

Essential bridge maintenance is planned for the M90 Friarton Bridge which carries the motorway over the River Tay at Perth with work set to get underway from Thursday this week.

The project will begin on Thursday 12 March and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.  The work will involve repairs to a short section of the reinforced concrete edge beam on the southbound carriageway which supports the bridge parapet. The scheme is designed as a trial repair in advance of wider maintenance work to the full structure. 

The majority of the project will be completed overnight between 7.30pm and 5am. A single lane closure on the southbound carriageway will be in place every night to allow works to be carried out safely.

In order to create a safe and accessible worksite, the southbound carriageway will be closed over two consecutive weekends with traffic diverted to the northbound carriageway via a contraflow system. This is to allow a temporary safety barrier to be installed, narrow lanes to be implemented and an access platform to be connected to the outer edge of the structure. The contraflow system will be in place from 8pm Friday 13 March until 6am Sunday 15 March as well as 8pm Friday 20 March until 6am Sunday 22 March. During peak periods delays of up to 20 minutes could be experienced, however every effort will be made to minimise disruption as much as possible when the contraflow is in place. 

During the day the southbound carriageway will remain open with narrow lanes and a 30mph speed restriction in place on approach to the structure and across the bridge itself.   The northbound carriageway will remain unaffected during the majority of the work with the exception of the weekend contraflows.

A third weekend contraflow is scheduled for the end of the project to remove the necessary safety measures from the worksite and return the bridge to normal operation. This is currently planned to start on Friday 24 April. All relevant stakeholders will be informed of further details in advance of the work taking place.

Commenting on the project, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative said: “This maintenance work at Friarton Bridge is an important step towards developing a repair strategy for the whole structure.

“The traffic management is essential to keep everyone safe during this project, and this may lead to some potential delays to journey times.  To minimise any impact to road users as much as possible we’re carrying out all construction at night with the disruptive mobilisation works limited to a small number of weekends, and teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as they can.

“We encourage all road users to follow any advance warning signs and traffic management which is in place for their safety as well as that of our teams.

“We thank motorists for their patience while we carry out this essential work and encourage them to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website and allowing some extra time to reach their destination. 

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

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