STRUCTURE INSPECTION AND INVESTIGATION WORKS UNDERWAY AT M80 JUNCTION 4A LOW WOOD

July 8, 2021

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Thursday 9 July

 

SAFETY AND STRUCTURAL INSPECTIONS AND INVESTIGATION WORK CONTINUE AT M80 JUNCTION 4A LOW WOOD

• Work to take place overnight on Friday 9 July to reopen M80 4a slip road at Cumbernauld

• Ongoing lane closures on A8011 Glasgow Road remain in place for safety to reduce vehicle loading while inspections continue

 

Essential structural inspection and investigation works are continuing on the M80 motorway at Junction 4a Low Wood and A8011 Glasgow Road to allow teams to assess the condition of the bridges.

Lane restrictions over the three M80 structures around Junction 4a Low Wood were implemented in April as recommended by a structural assessment, and further investigation works have since been underway to fully assess the condition of the motorway overbridges to ensure that the structures are in a safe condition to be used by all traffic.

For safety, lane restrictions have been in place since then as a means of reducing the traffic loading on the bridges, and to allow structural engineers to safely access the structures.

As a means of safely reducing traffic crossing the bridges, the Cumbernauld town centre spur of the M80 Junction 4a Low Wood northbound off slip has been closed to all vehicles with a short diversion installed to allow traffic to circumnavigate the closure area.

Tomorrow night (Friday 9 July) works are programmed to be carried out overnight to update the temporary traffic management in the area so that the M80 slip road spur can reopen to all traffic.

Once the slip road spur can reopen it is anticipated that traffic congestion in and around the M80 Junction 4a slip road and adjoining A8011 will be significantly reduced, and should allow the investigation works to continue while minimising disruption to the travelling public. It should be noted that the traffic management works are weather permitting and if they can’t be completed on Friday 9 July they will be revisited at the earliest opportunity.

Structural engineers are working to conclude the investigation works as quickly as possible, with these set to determine whether further traffic restrictions or works will be required on the bridges or if the traffic management can be removed.

Carnie Morrison, Highway Management (Scotland) Limited General Manager, said: “While the on-going structure investigations draw to a conclusion, it is necessary to maintain traffic restrictions over the A8011 overbridges for the safety of works personnel as well as all road users. We will look to complete these investigation works as quickly as possible.

“Teams will work to rearrange the restrictions in place on the M80 Junction 4a slip road spur on Friday night, weather permitting, which once complete will allow the slip road to be reopened which should lead to a reduction in congestion in the area.

“We thank all road users for their patience while these essential investigation works are carried out and encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trafficscotland, or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

The structure investigation works are being carried out by WSP and Aecom on behalf of Highway Management (Scotland) Limited. Works have been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 9 June

ONGOING STRUCTURE INSPECTION AND INVESTIGATION WORKS AT M80 JUNCTION 4A LOW WOOD EXTENDED

 

Please be advised that the ongoing structure inspection and investigation works on the M80 motorway at Junction 4a Low Wood and A8011 Glasgow Road have been extended with the project now expected to be completed by the end of June.

The Cumbernauld Town Centre spur of the M80 Junction 4a Low Wood northbound off slip will remain closed to all vehicles and a short, signed diversion to allow traffic to circumnavigate the closure area will also remain in place. Lane restrictions will also be in place on the A8011 Glasgow Road over the M80 structures while the investigation works are carried out.

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trafficscotland, or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

The structure investigation works are being carried out by WSP and Aecom on behalf of Highway Management (Scotland) Limited.  Works have been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council.