Major Works on M8 Junction 3 Slip Road

The refurbishment of the bridge that carries the eastbound slip road off the M8 at Junction 3 near Livingston over the A899 began early in 2023.

The reinforced concrete structure, which was originally built in 1970, is benefitting from a £1.3m upgrade in line with modern standards, ensuring its long-term use and safety for motorists.

BEAR Scotland is leading this project as part of its responsibility for the South East Trunk Road Network on behalf of Transport Scotland. Specialist contractor, Freyssinet, is responsible for the delivery of key elements of the project including the concrete refurbishment and the cathodic protection.

Chris Tracey, BEAR Scotland’s South East Unit Bridges Manager, said: “An estimated 50,000 vehicles use the road each week. Reliance on this slip road has grown as Livingston’s popularity as a commuter town between Edinburgh and Glasgow has increased along with its reputation as a shopping destination. This project is about ensuring it continues to serve the community reliably for years to come.

“These improvements will reduce the need for future refurbishment and associated disruption on this scale again.

“We thank motorists, local residents and businesses in advance for their patience while our teams carry out these important improvements.”

Images of completed Phase One works

Updating the community

BEAR Scotland has liaised closely with West Lothian Council and other key stakeholders in the planning of this bridge refurbishment. The local community will be kept up to date with the progress of the project and an education outreach programme with local schools is also underway.

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up-to-date travel information and allowing extra time for their journey.

Poster advertising M8 Junction 3 bridge works

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