A section of the eastbound M8 near Chapelhall is set to benefit from £240,000 worth of resurfacing improvements, creating smoother and safer journeys for motorists.
Overnight roadworks are scheduled from 20:30 to 06:00 on Thursday 15 October, Friday 16 October, Monday 19 October, Tuesday 20 October and Wednesday 21 October.
For the safety of road workers and motorists, the eastbound carriageway of the M8 will be closed between Junction 6a Chapelhall and Junction 5 Shotts during these works. The eastbound on-slip at M8 Junction 6 Newhouse will also be closed.
A signed diversion route will be in place to direct eastbound traffic around the works via the A8, A73 and B7066, adding an estimated 6 minutes and 1.6km to journeys. All traffic management will be removed during the daytime.
Consultation has taken place with all relevant stakeholders in advance of these works to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.
Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, will be in place to ensure all site personnel remain safe once the project gets underway. Safe operation procedures and risk assessments have been developed to ensure teams are kept safe throughout the project.
Commenting on the project, Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These £240,000 surfacing improvements near Chapelhall will address and repair defects in the road surface such as potholes and cracks, creating an improved road surface for motorists.
“These £240,000 surfacing improvements near Chapelhall will address and repair defects in the road surface, creating an improved road surface for motorists.
“The safety of our employees and our supply chain remains a top priority during this essential project, and all personnel will be subject to physical distancing protocols. Thorough risk assessments have been developed and cleansing stations will be implemented on site.
“It is essential to close the carriageway to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, however, to help minimise delays, we’ve planned the works to take place during night-time hours.
“We thank motorists in advance for their patience while our teams carry out these improvements. We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information and allowing some extra time to reach their destination.”
Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information. Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.
Materials removed from the existing carriageway will be recycled using SEPA approved methods.