Braco chiefs welcome A9 flyover work
Nicole Reid • Published 27 Jun 2012 09:30
BRACO and Greenloaning community chiefs are delighted work to repair the 'dangerous' A9 flyover and slip road at Greenloaning began on Monday (June 25).
Transport Scotland, with Perth and Kinross Council, will upgrade the crash barriers on the and replace the carriageway surfacing and road markings on the A9 Greenloaning Overbridge and the A822 Greenloaning southbound slip road.
Works began on Monday and are expected to last for three weeks. As a result the A822 Greenloaning southbound slip road will close and southbound traffic out of Greenloaning will be diverted via A9 northbound to Loaninghead Interchange and rejoining the A9 to return southbound.
As previously reported in the Strathallan Times, community chiefs have been campaigning for years to get the crash barriers and fencing on the flyover fixed. They say it is seriously deteriorating, with the timber posts rotting and causing the fencing to weaken and collapse at sections. Community council secretary Mike Boxer said the barrier is offering no protection for cars or motorists making their way across the flyover, especially in the current state of the roads.
They believe the road hasn't been looked after properly in the past two years - with a lack of clearing or sweeping debris - and are delighted the road will 'finally' be looked at before something serious happens.
Strathallan councillor Tom Gray urged drivers to follow advice from the council (which is listed below) carefully over the next three weeks.
He said: "Safety is paramount, and travelling south by turning right onto the A9 opposite Greenloaning School is not an option. Compliance with signage, planning each journey and making allowances for additional travelling time, will best maintain safety and minimise inconvenience to everyone involved."
Eddie Ross, North East Operating Company Representative with BEAR Scotland said: "These maintenance works are to provide vehicle containment to modern standards ensuring the safety of the travelling public.
"The scheme is being designed to improve the safety of this section of carriageway and upgrade an old section of road.
"It is inevitable that there will be some disruption and delays and we would encourage drivers and bus passengers to plan and allow additional time for their journey. However, Transport Scotland and Perth and Kinross Council are both committed to ensuring that any inconvenience to road users, residents and public services is minimised."
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