September 23, 2020

  • Three overnight road closures from 12-15 October

Motorists using the A702 North of Biggar are set to benefit from an improved road surface, with three nights of resurfacing works set to begin on Monday 12 October.

The £171,500 project will see almost 800m of carriageway resurfaced, creating smoother and safer journeys for road users.

To keep roadworkers and motorists safe during these works, the A702 will be closed at this location between 19:30 and 06:30 on the nights of 12, 13 and 14 October.

A signed diversion route will be in place from north of Biggar town centre to Melbourne Crossroads via the A72 and the A721, adding an estimated 6 minutes and 4.1 miles to affected journeys.

The A702 will remain open during the day, however a 30mph speed limit will be in place as motorists will be travelling over a temporary surface.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Local access will also be maintained during the works, although some disruption is inevitable.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, are in place to protect teams and ensure they remain safe on site.

Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and other relevant stakeholders to share information about the project in advance.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements will help to address the defects on this section of the A702 and will greatly improve the surface for motorists.

“Due to the narrow road widths, it is essential that we close the road to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, however we’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight to minimise any impact.

“We thank motorists and the local community in advance for their patience while we carry out these improvements. We’ll do all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”

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