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Much needed spruce-up for the A77 but it does mean delays for drivers

The A77 this morning

RESURFACING which required the entire closure of the A77 over the weekend - forcing drivers heading to and from Stranraer into a lengthy diversion via Barrhill and Newton Stewart – has been completed. This morning, however, Scotland TranServ – who maintain the south-west's trunk roads – started fresh works outside the town. They say they are working on a 200m section of the road on the edge of Stranraer and maintenance teams were next to the decrepit former Repeater Station on the eastern fringe of the town first thing this morning. Alan Murray, Scotland TranServ's Principal Roads Design Engineer said: “This is an important section of the trunk road network, and as such is used by freight, retail and delivery traffic, as well as the emergency services, as part of their essential working. It is vital that we resurface this area in order to maintain road safety. Traffic volumes currently remain lower, and the programme can therefore be carried out safely, and with reduced disruption. “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 Network Maintenance and other programmes. Thorough risk assessments have been carried out as we take a lead in the delivery of trunk road maintenance. “Scotland TranServ and Transport Scotland would like to take this opportunity to thank drivers for making only essential journeys over the last few months, and for playing their part in protecting the country's key workers.” The project will be carried out under convoy between 8am and 4pm each day between today and Wednesday. Meanwhile, temporary lights are also in place as work on a bridge which carries the A77 over the Alitmeg burn is carried out. It is located at the foot Glenapp, south of where months-long works to stabilise the Carlock Wall are still also underway. Works will entail repairs to the structure where scouring – where water carries away soil – 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," say Scotland TranServ. Brian Laurie, Scotland TranServ's Network Bridges Manager said: “This stretch of the A77 trunk road is an important route connecting the Cairnryan ferry ports with Glasgow and the Central Belt. "In order to complete this programme as quickly and safely as possible, it will be necessary to install temporary traffic lights between Monday and Friday the 7th of August." Motorists can find live trunk road information by visiting trafficscotland.org or by following @trafficscotland on Twitter.

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