Safety Improvements On The A75 Birkhill Commences Thursday 28th October

Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland as part of the Network Management Contract for the South-West Trunk Road Unit, are undertaking essential maintenance on the A75 at Birkhill between Gretna and Annan. Work will take place between Thursday 28th October until Friday 5th November 2021. 

This scheme, with a value of £603,000, will improve the condition of the A75 carriageway at this location, and reduce the need for more extensive maintenance in future, benefitting around 2,600 vehicles using this route each day.

Work will be carried out under a combination of overnight closures and a full weekend closure of the A75 carriageway. The construction programme is as follows:

  • From 7pm on Thursday 28th October until 6am on Friday 29th October: A single overnight closure.
  • From 7pm on Friday 29th October until 6am on Monday 1st November: A continuous weekend closure.
  • From 7pm on Monday 1st November until Thursday 4th November: Overnight closures between the hours of 7pm and 6am each night.

During each phase of the closures, traffic will be diverted locally from the A75 trunk road onto the B721 west of Gretna, continuing west through the village of Eastriggs to the roundabout between the B721 and B6357 Stapleton Road at the south-east of Annan. At the roundabout, traffic will take the second exit onto the B6357 Stapleton Road. Traffic will then continue north on the B6357 for approximately 0.5 miles to re-join the A75 via the signposted connector road. Eastbound traffic will follow the same route only in reverse.

To mitigate disruption through the village of Eastriggs, northbound HGV traffic travelling to Dumfries will be signed to continue on the M74 to Junction 15, Beattock then via the A701 to Dumfries. Vehicle-activated speed signage will also be utilised within Eastriggs in order to reduce traffic speeds.

Due to the depths of resurfacing and material quantities involved in the scheme, there may be a requirement to maintain temporary traffic lights in localised areas during the day on Friday 29th October 2021 and between Monday 1st November to Thursday 4th November 2021.

We thank road users for their patience while these essential improvements are underway.

Our operatives will follow strict physical distancing and hygiene protocols throughout the programme, in line with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance.

Please note, all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.

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