Five weeks of closures for Edinburgh City Bypass

A five-week programme of overnight maintenance on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass is scheduled to begin on Monday 18 April. The work will be carried out in 17 phases, with overnight closures on a different section of the bypass in each phase.

Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland will use these closures to carry out a variety of routine maintenance tasks and to tidy up the carriageways and roadsides, reducing the longer term need for traffic management on the bypass and resulting in less disruption overall.

Works to be carried out during these closures include litter picking, gully emptying, catchpit cleaning, weed spraying, road sweeping, pothole patching and repairs to signs and safety fences. The closures will also allow for inspections of structures and the carriageway.

Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and other relevant stakeholders to share information about the project in advance.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said, “It’s essential for safety that we close the carriageway while these works are carried out, however we’ll be taking advantage of the closures to carry out as many routine maintenance tasks as possible at once. We’ve also split the works into phases so that only the minimum length of carriageway has to be closed on any given night.”

(Picture – Bear Scotland)

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