Commuters in Bishopbriggs now have a bird’s-eye view of progress on the £6.5m phase four of the town’s Relief Road - thanks to video updates on the council’s Youtube site.
Monthly updates taken by a drone will be available at www.youtube.com/user/EastDunCouncil and illustrating the scale and progress of the scheme.
The latest phase in the 10 year council-led project involves the creation of a two-lane 50mph road - stretching 600 metres between Wester Cleddens Roundabout and a new roundabout, with another 100 metres of road on the north side of the railway, a new bridge over the main Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line, a dedicated walking/cycling route and bridge, a new access road into Cadder Yard and two Sustainable Urban Drainage ponds.
Once phase four is complete, the existing stretch of Westerhill Road and bridge will be used as an active travel corridor - becoming a haven for walking and cycling.
Part of the project is being part-funded through developers’ contributions from the Bishopbriggs East housing development.
The centrepiece of the fourth phase is a new bridge over the railway line and the project team have liaised with Network Rail to fit in with the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.
It is hoped the new stretch of road could be open as early as May 2017, with the entire project on track to be completed by 1 August.
Councillor Alan Moir, convener of Development and Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to say that work is forging ahead to deliver the fourth phase of Bishopbriggs Relief Road. I would encourage everyone with access to the internet to check out the council’s YouTube channel, where you can see monthly videos - shot from a drone overhead - illustrating the scale and progress of the scheme.
“The new stretch of road will help to cut congestion, support new investment, improve air quality and encouraged active travel.”
“There has been disruption since work began in July, but we thank the people and businesses of Bishopbriggs for their patience.
“When phase four is finished, the existing Westerhill Road and bridge will become an active travel corridor for pedestrians and cyclists - linking north and south Bishopbriggs. It’s going to be absolutely fantastic.”
Phases one and two of the relief road is now largely completed and connects drivers to the Robroyston roundabout and onto the M80.
Phase three, which was wholly funded by developers’ contributions and delivered by Taylor Wimpey as part of the planning obligations associated with its Bishopbriggs East housing development, opened in summer 2014.