Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will deliver the essential replacement of traffic signals on the A76 at Crawick Bridge, near Sanquhar.
The lights are reaching the end of their maintainable life and require full replacement with new signal poles, controller and associated underground ducting and cabling. These works will follow strict physical distancing protocols in line with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance. In association with Transport Scotland, we have identified these projects as essential maintenance, vital to maintaining the integrity and safety of the trunk road network.
Aled Davies, Scotland TranServ’s Principal Lighting Engineer said:
“This is an important section of the A76, and as such is used by emergency services, freight, retail and delivery traffic as part of their essential working. Traffic volumes currently remain low, and the programme can therefore be carried out safely and with minimal disruption.
“The health and safety of our workers, our contractors and the travelling public is of paramount importance to Scotland TranServ. It is important that we replace these traffic signals, which are reaching the end of their maintainable life, helping to maintain road safety.
“Many new working practices have been implemented across our own workforce and those of our contractors and suppliers as we work towards the future delivery of our Network Maintenance and other programmes. Thorough risk assessments have been carried out as we take a lead in the delivery of trunk road maintenance.
“Scotland TranServ and Transport Scotland would like to take this opportunity to thank drivers for making only essential journeys over the last couple of months, and for continuing to protect the country’s key workers.”
In order to deliver these works, it will be necessary to implement daytime lane closures on the trunk road during the following times:
- Monday the 6th until Friday the 24th of July
Drivers are advised to allow some extra time for their journeys. Special arrangements have been put in place for emergency service vehicles. Motorists can find live trunk road information by visiting trafficscotland.org or by following @trafficscotland on Twitter.
Laura Gray, Scotland TranServ’s Planned Maintenance Manager added:
“An efficient and well-managed trunk road network is particularly important to supporting essential supply chains and the wider economy across South West Scotland at this time. Working in collaboration with Transport Scotland, we have identified a number of essential maintenance projects, which are being prioritised over the coming weeks.
“We fully recognise the importance of a safe and reliable trunk road network and where possible, Scotland TranServ is supporting Transport Scotland as they expect to invest £471million in maintenance in 2020/21. The health and safety of our workers and those working on our behalf, is of the utmost importance, and projects will only be taken forward where we can ensure their safety as a priority.”