Erskine Bridge northbound is finally fully reopened to traffic

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The northbound carriageway of the Erskine Bridge has now fully reopened to traffic.

Favourable weather conditions brought forward the work programme, which had forecast an opening of Monday March 17, and which has been on-going since last summer.

Scotland TranServ, which supervises the works on behalf of Transport Scotland, said a contractor, Highway Barrier Solutions (HBS), has completed the replacement of both the northbound near and offside vehicle safety barriers.

This means that traffic has returned to two northbound running lanes, the A726/A898 northbound on-slip has reopened and the northbound diversion routes have ceased.

Colin Anderson, Scotland TranServ’s Project Manager for the Erskine Bridge project, said: “This is a significant milestone in the barrier replacement project and we know that local drivers will be as pleased as we are that both lanes of the northbound carriageway and on-slip have reopened.

“Our teams, and those of the contractor HBS, have been working hard to ensure that we all continue to meet our targets to reduce disruption to local commuters, while improving the safety of this major bridge.”

Meanwhile, work will continue on the Southbound carriageway where the replacement of the offside vehicle barrier is complete and work has recently commenced on the final nearside barrier replacement phase.

A single southbound lane will continue to operate for this phase for which continuous traffic management is necessary. We would advise motorists that Southbound delays from Dumbarton and Clydebank of up to 30 minutes are still to be expected at peak times.

The temporary 40mph speed limit signage will remain in place in both directions until the southbound nearside barrier replacement work is complete, the centre line relining of both carriageways has been finished and new 50mph speed limit signs have been installed.

Completion of all works is planned for end of May 2014.

Russell Rennie, Contract Director for Scotland TranServ said:

“This is good news for the project and good news for local drivers. We would like to thank them for their patience during this essential vehicle safety barrier work and look forward to opening the bridge fully later in the spring once all works have been completed.

“Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland is delivering an important programme of work to improve South West Scotland’s trunk road infrastructure and support the economic growth and development of the region. The Erskine Bridge project is an example of our commitment to modernising this important section of Scotland’s Roads Network.”