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THE A77 north of Cairnryan is shut entirely this weekend and – as well as ongoing work to stabilise the road at the Carlock Wall – fresh works involving temporary lights have just been announced. Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will start works at the Altimeg burn, south of Auchencrosh and south of the existing Carlock Wall works in Glenapp, on Monday. They intend to tackle scouring – where flowing water creates holes that in turn create instability, especially for bridges. Say Scotland TranServ: "Works will entail repairs to the structure where scouring has occurred including installation of rock armour and protection plinths along embankments where erosion has occurred from the Water of App. The southbound safety barrier will also be upgraded during the works. The project will help to protect the integrity of the trunk road and preserve the natural environment of the area." Brian Laurie, Scotland TranServ's Network Bridges Manager said: “The health and safety of our workers and the travelling public is of paramount importance to Scotland TranServ. Many new working practices have been implemented across our own workforce and those of our contractors and suppliers as we work towards the future delivery of our Structural Maintenance and other programmes. Thorough risk assessments have been carried out as we take a lead in the delivery of trunk road maintenance. “This stretch of the A77 trunk road is an important route connecting the Cairnryan ferry ports with Glasgow and the Central Belt. Currently it is an essential link for emergency services, freight, retail and delivery traffic as they go about their vital work. “It is important that we continue our essential works in order to maintain road safety across South West Scotland. Traffic volumes currently remain low, in line with government advice and therefore any potential impact on the travelling public is still significantly reduced. “On behalf of Transport Scotland, we would like to take this opportunity to thank drivers for making only essential journeys over the last few months, and for helping to protect the country's key workers.” Temporary traffic lights will operate between Monday the 27th of July and Friday the 7th of August. Separately, resurfacing will shut the road in both directions from 8pm tomorrow night until 6am Monday. Drivers will be forced to used the A714 and A75 as diversions. Kefa Gacura, Scotland TranServ's Bridges Manager added: “We fully recognise the importance of a safe and reliable trunk road network and where possible, Scotland TranServ is supporting Transport Scotland as they expect to invest £471million in maintenance in 2020/21. The health and safety of our workers and those working on our behalf, is of the utmost importance, and projects will only be taken forward where we can ensure their safety as a priority. “An efficient and well-managed trunk road network is particularly important to supporting essential supply chains and the wider economy across South West Scotland at this time. Working in collaboration with Transport Scotland, we have identified a number of essential projects, which are being prioritised over the coming weeks.”

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