DRIVERS using the M8 near Glasgow Airport can expect delays – of up to 60 minutes at peak times -- from Friday 9 March when essential repairs to the White Cart Viaduct are due to re-start.
Strengthening work on the 44-year-old bridge began in July 2010, although day-time traffic management did not commence until 26 December 2011. There has been a temporary lifting of day-time closures since 12 January while works progressed under the bridge during the night.
From 8pm on Friday 9 March, one lane will be closed in each direction between J27 and J28 and this is likely to remain in place for around 10 weeks. The westbound on-ramp from J27 and eastbound on-ramps from J28 and J29 will also be closed. Work will continue on the carriageway during the night (8pm to 6am), when two lanes will be closed in each direction.
The average speed cameras installed before Christmas will remain in operation until the works are complete to ensure the safety of the workforce, the travelling public and to help reduce congestion.
Transport Scotland say delays of up to 60 minutes at worst are predicted during peak periods although the first stage of works saw average delays of around 20 minutes. Drivers are asked to plan their journeys accordingly using the Traffic Scotland website, to seriously consider alternative modes of transport where available and to listen for travel updates.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “We appreciate the patience of drivers during these essential repairs to the White Cart Viaduct, a bridge that carries more than 90,000 vehicles a day and needs to be brought up to modern standards. Once this final stage of the strengthening works is complete, all traffic management will be lifted and drivers will benefit from a 60mph speed limit on this route once more.”