Round the clock solution to Erskine Bridge works?
Published: 8 Feb 2014 10:00
Bridge chiefs said they have been working with the contractor to look at ways of intensifying the work schedule following complaints from motorists the £6 million barrier upgrade project would cause significant disruption for at least 10 months.
The project involves the replacement of the existing barriers along the central reservation and nearside lane.
The previous arrangement did not provide the level of protection required to the bridge towers and cable anchorages against potential heavy goods vehicle (HGV) impact. The new barriers are required to reduce the risk of structural damage.
At a recent meeting organised by MSP Jackie Baillie, Transport Scotland said it would consider working on the bridge round the clock if it was possible to overcome the shortage of skilled staff and noise restrictions.
The Dumbarton and Vale MSP also welcomed news the northbound carriageway and slip-road from Erskine could be opened in advance of the works scheduled to end in May.
She added: “I have already asked the Scottish Government on several occasions to consider night time working to minimise disruption for motorists so I am pleased Transport Scotland are continuing to keep this option under review.
“The Erskine Bridge is a lifeline route to hospital services, shopping facilities and work for many people in Dumbarton, Helensburgh and the Vale of Leven and the delays have caused significant delays on roads both sides of the bridge.
“It is crucial that the work is completed as soon as possible so I would encourage Transport Scotland to keep looking for ways to move ahead of schedule.”
The contract to undertake the works was awarded to Highway Barrier Solutions in March 2013 and is being supervised by Scotland Transerv.
A spokeswoman for Transport Scotland confirmed the contractor was on schedule to finish at the end of May. She added: “We fully appreciate troad users are being inconvenienced while these improvements are being put in place. We are doing everything we can to minimise this.
“These works are essential and are required to bring the Erskine Bridge up to current standards and ensure the long term safe operation of the bridge.”