Bridge to close

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SEABEGS Bridge, which carries the B816 Castlecary Road between Allandale and Castlecary is to be closed for six weeks from the end of this month for strengthening and refurbishment work.

In addition to the bridge works roadworks will also be carried out on the B816 itself, between Bridgend Crescent in Castlecary and Allandale, as part of the M80 Stepps to Haggs project.

A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: “The nature and extent of the essential bridge structural works necessitate a closure of the road at this location for a period of six

weeks from Monday, February 28, 2011.

“In order to achieve the timely completion of these works, and to minimise the duration of the disruption to road users, as much of the road improvement works as possible will also be undertaken within the period of the closure for the bridgeworks.”

During the closure traffic travelling towards Allandale from Castlecary should follow the diversion via the A80 northbound merge slip road at Old Inns, exit at the A80 northbound diverge slip road at Haggs and follow the diversion signs for Allandale via Bonnybridge.

Traffic travelling from Allandale towards Castlecary should follow the diversion via Bonnybridge to the A80 southbound merge slip road at Haggs, exit at the A80 southbound diverge slip road at Old Inns and follow the diversion signs for Castlecary.

Transport Scotland say that pedestrian access will be maintained at all times between Castlecary and Allandale, and consultations with bus operators have also been undertaken so as to maintain the local bus services through Castlecary and Allandale.

Contractors HMC would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these construction works and will strive to keep disruption to a minimum.